Relationships and asking for the help you need (COPD)

2) Communication

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When you have a long term condition you may need help from different people at different times. Your family, your healthcare team, your friends. The kind of help you need can influence who you speak to.

To have more control over managing you condition you need to be able to explain to other people how your condition affects you.

This means being able to tell people what you need help with, including people who don’t understand what it is like to have COPD.

Good communication is a two way street. Listening actively to what is being said is important, and you should feel you have been listened to.

For more information on communication see:

Moving on Together (MoT): A self-management workbook by NHS Ayrshire & Arran.