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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. COPD is a primary cause of emergency department (ED) and hospital visits in Canada.

A typical scenario for patients with acute exacerbations of COPD involves presenting to the ED severely short of breath, prompting repeated hospitalizations and long lengths of stay. Once home again, and without early follow-up, the patient often goes ‘off the radar’ before the cycle inevitably repeats itself. This state of affairs plays out at hospitals across the country, falling short in addressing the medical, psychosocial and spiritual care needs of patients and their families in a patient-centred, evidence-informed and cost-effective way.

CFHI’s INSPIRED Approaches to COPD: Improving Care and Creating Value collaborative zeroes in on the gaps in care that underlie the COPD (and chronic disease) care challenge. It provides holistic, proactive, hospital-to-home care, providing patients and their families with self-management education, psychosocial and spiritual care support as well as advance care (end of life) planning.

 

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