The INSPIRED Model of Care for People with Advanced COPD

April 4, 2013
12 pm to 1 pm ET


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is currently the fourth leading cause of death in Canada and the most responsible cause of hospital admission in the country. The INSPIRED (Implementing a Novel and Supportive Program of Individualized care for patients and families living with REspiratory Disease) program was introduced in 2010, recognizing that current models of care were largely reactive, under stress and failing, with significant costs to patients, families and the healthcare system.

On April 4th join Dr. Graeme Rocker and Joanne Young to learn how this initiative has reduced INSPIRED patients’ use of acute care services by 70-80%, resulting in systems savings through reduced ER visits and “bed days” and patients reporting improved quality of life and a better ability to manage their illness.

Guest Speakers:

Graeme Rocker imageDr. Graeme Rocker

Dr. Rocker is a Professor of Medicine at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is Head of the Division of Respirology at Capital Health and is cross-appointed locally in the Division of Palliative Medicine. Dr. Rocker’s current CIHR-funded research activities focus on relieving dyspnea in patients with advanced COPD and providing increased support for their informal caregivers. In 2009, Dr. Rocker received the 2009 Roger Bone Award from the American College of Chest Physicians for advances/leadership in end of life care. He is the medical director of a new community-based outreach program in Halifax (INSPIRED) for patients and families living with advanced COPD.

Dr. Graeme Rocker also works closely with Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration for Innovation and Improvement in Chronic Disease as an Academic Mentor to Central Health's Improvement Project to improve care for patients with COPD through the implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) within the region. For more information about the Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration and the 10 Improvement Projects, please visit our website at:

Joanne Young imageJoanne Young

Joanne Young is the Program Coordinator/Team Lead of the INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program at the QEII HSC. With years of clinical and research experiences, Joanne was instrumental in the creation and implementation of INSPIRED. This new multi-disciplinary community-based clinical service is evidence-based and was introduced to address the significant gaps in care that exist for those patients and families who live with advanced COPD.


Maria Judd imageMaria Judd, Senior Director, Corporate Innovation and Development, CFHI  

As Senior Director, Corporate Innovation and Development, Maria Judd is responsible for developing and implementing strategies, programs and activities in support of CFHI’s mission, and leading business development initiatives. Maria’s passion for healthcare improvement has evolved from her diverse roles within the health system, such as a community health centre board member, clinician, program manager and researcher. She has extensive experience in knowledge transfer and exchange, establishing and promoting new ventures, creating education programs, developing clinical practice guidelines and convening expert groups.

Prior to joining CFHI in 2005, Maria worked in a variety of health-related organizations. As the best practices program manager for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, she designed a program of activities to support evidence-informed practices among members and their colleagues. She also coordinated the Cochrane Collaboration’s Musculoskeletal Group at the University of Ottawa where much of her work focused on the development of evidence-based resources, such as systematic reviews, and supporting knowledge translation activities. Maria holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Community Medicine from the University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Toronto.