INSPIRED Approaches to COPD: Improving Care and Creating Value

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. This collaborative was offered in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. 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 »

CFHI is now launching a new scale collaborative to build on the success of the first improvement collaborative and expand already-implemented INSPIRED approaches.

Care Closer to Home Can Cut Hospitalizations and Improve Outcomes

INSPIRED benefits to patient graphicOf 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 »  Results » 


Report shows big cost savings for healthcare across Canada

Woman uses respiratory test device with doctor supervision 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 »



INSPIRED Resource Hub

INSPIRED Resource Hub logoVisit our INSPIRED Resource Hub, where healthcare leaders, providers, patients and families can find resources on shifting COPD care from hospital- to home- and community-based models. Look for resources on self-management education, action plans, advance care planning, and evaluation for quality assurance. Browse resources on the INSPIRED Resource Hub »



Patient Stories

Patient and family consult with doctorLiving 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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