The COPD Treatment Journey Can Take an Emotional Toll on Patients

Empower patients during their COPD journey with support, resources, and education

As patients’ chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) progresses, they may experience increasingly negative emotions that affect their treatment journey.1,2,* Providing patients with targeted support and resources along their journey can make a positive difference in how they engage with their care.

  • Respiratory-icons-dissociation


    Patients disassociate from their emerging COPD symptoms

  • Respiratory-icons-dismissal


    Patients dismiss their diagnosis, resulting in poor medication adherence

  • Respiratory-icons-wanting-more

    Wanting More

    Patients become more serious about their condition and therapy adherence

  • Respiratory-icons-growing-unease

    Growing Unease

    Patients are hospitalized due to exacerbations and continue to be readmitted

  • Respiratory-icons-expecting-less

    Expecting Less

    Patients begin to lose hope and adherence to medication may decrease

  • Respiratory-icons-disengage


    Patients disengage from their daily life

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*Based on market research from In-Sync Strategy, which was completed in March 2017-April 2017. The results and information presented here were derived through field work with 26 healthcare providers, 20 patients, and 16 caregivers. Although consistencies and logic lend confidence to the analysis and interpretations, this research must be viewed as directional rather than conclusive.1


1. Data on file. Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. 2. Giacomini M, et al. Experiences of living and dying with COPD: a systematic review and synthesis of the qualitative empirical literature. Ont Health Technol Assess Ser. 2012;12;1-47.