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The physicians and scientists at the VGH Lung Centre and the Institute for Heart + Lung Health have developed educational videos and corresponding pamphlets on inhaler techniques for Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Farsi, Filipino, Korean, and English-speaking patients with financial and technical support provided by BC Lung Association and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Integrated Primary and Community Care. Previously, there were no COPD-related educational materials at an appropriate health literate level or developed with an awareness of ethnicity-related issues available in BC. It was learned that many patients indicated they would like to receive self-management information in audiovisual format presented by a care provider, who speaks their native language.

In addition, the link to the corresponding inhaler pamphlet in PDF format is in the description box under each video.  Please share the link with your patients and colleagues for their use. We expect that these resources will be of major benefit to primary care physicians and community-based chronic care nurses and allied health professionals as they encounter many patients with COPD in their practice settings. The resources will also improve COPD and asthma patients’ knowledge and practices to self-manage their chronic conditions.

The link is:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjGTi4BCyHk0XdNGxbmKnlQ/playlists

 Inhaler Technique videos

Health Literacyvideos

Health care professionals were involved in the development of culturally sensitive and linguistically relevant post-discharge educational materials for COPD patients in Vancouver, Canada. The aim is was to educate COPD patients from ethno-cultural communities on 12 topics re COPD: Nutrition, Action Plan, Self-management, Coughing and Mucus Clearance, Pulmonary Rehabilitation and Exercise, Breathing Techniques, Advance Care Planning and Advanced Directives, Anxiety and Depression, Community Resources, Energy Conservation, Travel and Oxygen, and Smoking and engage them in self-management of their chronic illness by means of improving their access to relevant information. These materials have been developed by the COPD Transition Team and research team at University of British Columbia’s Institute for Heart and Lung Health, with financial and technical support provided by BC Lung Association and Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Integrated Primary and Community Care. For more information please contact Dr. Iraj Poureslami at ipouresl@mail.ubc.ca