Tag Archives: COPD

Report on inquiry into respiratory deaths

By All-Party Parliamentary Group on Respiratory Health (2014)

The inquiry investigated why premature mortality from respiratory disease remains so high and how death rates could be improved. It focussed in particular on two conditions: COPD and asthma, which together affect around 6 million people in the UK. The report makes several recommendations.

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COPD pathway

By British Lung Foundation (2013)

This patient pathway aims to help people living with COPD, their carers and healthcare professionals identify the type of care COPD patients should be receiving, from diagnosis onwards. It also includes NICE Quality Standards and real-life best practice case studies from around the UK.

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Focus on preventable admissions: trends in emergency admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions, 2001 to 2013

By Quality Watch (2013)

This QualityWatch Focus On report examines trends in emergency
admissions for ambulatory care sensitive conditions. Focus On reports
provide snapshots and longitudinal analyses of aspects of quality in a
particular area or areas of care.

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Delivering better services for people with long term conditions

By The King’s Fund (October 2013)

This paper focuses on a co-ordinated service delivery model – the ‘house of care’ – that aims to deliver proactive, holistic and patient-centred care for people with long-term conditions.

The house of care model differs from others by encompassing all people with long-term conditions and assuming an active role for patients. This paper calls on the Department of Health and NHS England to collaborate on a coherent approach to care planning for people with long-term conditions.

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The 2011 revision of the global strategy for the diagnosis, managment and prevention of COPD (GOLD) – why and what?

Vestbo, J. et al. The Clinical Respiratory Journal, 2012; 6(4): 208-214

The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) has published a strategy for diagnosis and for management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) since 2001 and this has formed the basis for numerous national and regional guidelines.OBJECTIVES: We describe the background for the 2011 revision of the GOLD document.METHODS: The GOLD document is updated annually and revised every 5 years based on published research as well as an evaluation by an expert panel of how to best formulate and disseminate knowledge on COPD.RESULTS: The GOLD 2011 revision states that spirometry is required for making a clinical diagnosis of COPD. At the same time, the document has less emphasis on spirometric evaluation of disease severity and launches a combined assessment taking symptoms, spirometry and history of exacerbations into account. This is matched with initial treatment for COPD where smoking cessation, pulmonary rehabilitation and physical activity in general are given high priority followed by pharmacologic treatment guided by the novel assessment scheme. Comorbidities are often present in COPD and the GOLD 2011 revision gives some guidance in how to manage these as well as how to manage COPD in the presence of comorbidities.CONCLUSION: A more clinically oriented
GOLD document will hopefully improve assessment and management of COPD.

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Data for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma: making a real difference

By NHS Improvment – Lung (2012)

This guide is based on learning from COPD and asthma service improvement projects. It aims to help future sites get started; make progress in improving quality; understand their use of resources; and measure improvement. It covers acute and primary care, home oxygen services, and asthma care.

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First steps to improve chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care

By NHS Improvment Lung (2012)

This is a basic guide to the key principles every area should be adopting to provide good COPD care; if you do nothing else, start with these ten things and make sure they are in place for all your patients. It is also a helpful starting point for those new to commissioning for COPD services or for a stocktake for a local respiratory team.

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