COPD National Action Plan:
Community Action Tool
Discover the progress the COPD community has made toward implementing the goals and objectives in the COPD National Action Plan.

A Guide to Portable Oxygen Concentrators


Organization: American Association for Respiratory Care
Start Date: 12/2013
End Date: Ongoing
Primary Goal: Goal 1: Empower people with COPD, their families, and caregivers to recognize and reduce the burden of COPD.
Secondary Goal(s):
  • Goal 2: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of COPD by improving the quality of care delivered across the health care continuum.
  • Increase the effectiveness and variety of outreach communication campaigns and activities that utilize evidence-based approaches to raise awareness of COPD, particularly among those at high risk, and help people diagnosed with COPD manage the disease
  • Develop a unified, multidisciplinary educational curriculum for health care professionals, including primary health care providers, using harmonized clinical practice guidelines
Collaboration: We worked alone
Activity Type: Patient education, Material or product, Training

Activity Description

This is an educational guide targeted for patients (COPD) prescribed on home oxygen. It empowers patients to self-advocate for themselves by teaching them about what an oxygen concentrator is, how it works, and the differences in technology between brands. Through this knowledge, patients will have a better understanding of what questions to ask of their physician and home health professional as it relates to the type of device they are prescribed for.


General Audience: Patients, Caregivers or family members, Health professionals
Focused Audience: Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African American/Black, Caucasian/White, Men, Women
Program Reach: National
Type of Area: Urban, Suburban, Rural
Setting: Online

Cost and Funding Sources

Staffing and operational resources = $10,000

Impact Analysis

Estimated downloads = ~ 30,000

Advice or Lessons Learned

Establish a plan for continual updating as technology with equipment is ever-changing.

Contact Information

Doug Laher
American Association for Respiratory Care
Chief Operating Officer