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COPD Horizon Scanning Volume 6 Issue 6

November 10, 2014

The COPD breathlessness manual

October 28, 2014

Source: npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 24, Article number: 14076 Published online 16 October 2014

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Date of publication: October 2014

In a Nutshell: This trial compares a cognitive-behavioural manual versus information booklets on health service use, mood and health status, in over 200 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients were randomly allocated to receive either the manual or booklet and instructed to work through their programme at home, over 5 weeks. Guidance from a facilitator was provided at an initial home visit plus two telephone call follow-ups. After 12 months the group using the manual had reduced levels in anxiety and depression and significantly less visits to emergency departments, compared to the group using the booklet. The findings indicates that the COPD manual is a straightforward cost-effective intervention, that is worth offering to COPD patients within primary or secondary care.

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Impact of a telephone alert service on hospital admissions for patients with COPD

October 28, 2014

Source: npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 24, Article number: 14080 Published online 23 October 2014

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Date of publication: October 2014

In a Nutshell: This retrospective study investigated the ‘Healthy Outlook’ alert phone service, run by the UK Met Office. The service involved giving advanced warning of difficult weather conditions, such as cold temperatures and excess humidity that exacerbate lung disease for patients with COPD, accompanied by medical advice. The analysis study of data on hospital admissions for over 31,000 COPD patients from 661 GP practices found an average reduction of 16% in hospital admissions in the first year of operation of the call service.

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Improving outcomes for people with COPD by developing networks of general practices

October 28, 2014

Source:  npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine 24, Article number: 14082 Published online 16 October 2014

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Date of publication: October 2014

In a Nutshell: This quality improvement project in east London was carried out to enhance COPD care delivery in a primary care setting. It focused on socially deprived, ethnically diverse communities and involved the investment of financial, organisational and educational resources into general practice networks. The project aimed to create networks of GP surgeries, (involving 36 practices grouped geographically into eight networks) combining different care methods and investing in new managerial staff and education budgets for each network. These restructured, carefully managed networks resulted in significant behavioral changes in primary care, culminating in a decrease in hospital admissions and a significant rise in completed care plans and COPD rehabilitation referrals.

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October 28, 2014

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COPD Horizon Scanning Vol 6 Issue 5

October 6, 2014