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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.

Results from health systems participating in INSPIRED show that providing the right services to support Canadians with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in their homes has improved quality of life for patients while also dramatically reducing hospital readmissions and emergency department visits. Now we’re supporting six teams from across the country to reach more providers, sites and patients through the INSPIRED scale collaborative.


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