INSPIRED Approaches to COPD: Improving Care and Creating Value
Across Canada today, an estimated 800,000 Canadians live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This population is among the highest users of hospital care in Canada and the situation is expected to worsen as one-in-four Canadians is set to develop the disease in their lifetime.
In 2014-15, CFHI worked with nineteen teams from healthcare organizations in all 10 provinces in an improvement collaborative to transform care for people living with COPD and support their caregivers. From Sept. 2014 to Sept. 2015, participating teams each received $50,000 in seed funding and training to adapt and implement an approach that reduced by 60 percent emergency department (ED) visits, hospital admissions and days in hospital among patients participating in the INSPIRED COPD Outreach ProgramTM at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Learn more »
Of all chronic diseases, COPD is the number one reason for hospitalizations in Canada, accounting for the largest number of return visits to emergency departments. COPD also generates the highest volume of hospital readmissions. A new CFHI initiative shows hospitalizations due to COPD can be decreased by up to 80 percent when healthcare is directed to patients and their families at home. Media release »
An independent analysis shows that further expanding the INSPIRED COPD Outreach ProgramTM to all Canadians who could benefit would save $688 million in hospital costs over the next five years. For every $1 invested in the program, $21 in hospital-based costs could be prevented. Results »
Living with COPD is a struggle for many patients and their families and their care is often disjointed. Read the stories of patients and their families who were provided the knowledge and tools to better manage their chronic disease through the INSPIRED program. Learn more »
How we started
Through the Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration, CFHI identified an opportunity to spread a proven innovation that addresses gaps in the quality of patient care across Canada. The collaborative is based on the INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program™ from the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Halifax.
INSPIRED stands for Implementing a Novel and Supportive Program of Individualized care for patients and families Living with REspiratory Disease. INSPIRED is a holistic, proactive, hospital-to-home form of care, providing specialized support to patients and families living with late-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Services include self-management education, action plans, psychosocial and spiritual care support, and advance care planning.
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