COPD screening at community level

Below is a questionnaire to help you to assess whether a person you suspect may have COPD is at risk of developing the condition. You ask the questions and fill in whether the person gives a 'Yes' or 'No' answer.

COPD screening questions.

1 Have you been coughing a lot and producing thick mucus (sputum) coughed up from your lungs?
2 Have you had shortness of breath?
3 Have you heard wheezing from your lungs when you breathe?
4 Do you smoke cigarettes, or did you smoke cigarettes in the past? If not, do you live with someone who smokes cigarettes?
5 Does anyone in your family have asthma and/or allergies?
6 In your work, have you been exposed to dust or chemicals that you often breathed in?
7 Have you often been exposed to smoke from cooking fires inside your house?

Interpretation of the results of the COPD screening questionnaire is as follows:

  • If the person answers 'yes' to at least two out of Questions 1, 2 and 3, refer him or her to a higher health facility for further evaluation. It is likely that they have COPD.
  • If the person answers 'yes' to only one of Questions 1, 2 or 3, and also has one or more of the risk factors mentioned in Questions 4 to 7, then advise them about the need for regular screening for COPD and educate them on the prevention of COPD by reducing their exposure to the risk factors.
Last modified: Friday, 4 July 2014, 9:38 AM