An app that tracks cigarette cravings and moods, one that guides patients through proper inhaler use, and 3 other top COPD apps for both patients and physicians.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is common and impacts millions of people in the US alone. While there is a plethora of mobile applications available for both physicians and patients to make treatment and management of symptoms easier, it can be hard to tell which ones will be the most helpful. That is why this month, our app reviewer selected the top 5 apps for COPD that are effective and easy to use. In the slideshow above, we offer highlights of:
QuitGuide - Quit Smoking tracks cravings and moods and identifies smoking triggers to help patients become and stay smoke-free.
Assist Me with Inhalers guides patients through proper inhaler use whenever help is needed; app includes audio-assisted directions on inhaler technique and medication reminders to help improve adherence and administration.
Assist Me with Inhalers is available at iTunes.
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach provides patients with ready access to support from others trying to quit smoking and gamifies the experience by having them collect goal-based achievements to remind them of their progress.
LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach is available at iTunes.
AirVisual Air Quality Forecast provides air quality information covering over 10 000 locations to help patients optimize lung function and reduce COPD symptoms. It includes historical, real-time, and forecast information on key pollutants to help patients plan healthy outdoor activities.
GOLD 2017 Pocket Guide helps guide diagnosis and assessment of COPD as well as management of stable disease and exacerbations based on the GOLD criteria. Supplemental information on measures to prevent disease exacerbations helps optimize providers' care and support.