First steps to improving chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care – NHS Improvement – October 2012

Posted on October 24, 2012. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , |

First steps to improving chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care – NHS Improvement – October 2012

“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. This may be 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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NQF Endorses Pulmonary and Critical Care Measures – National Quality Forum [US] – 31 July 2012

Posted on August 2, 2012. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Intensive Care, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , , , , |

NQF Endorses Pulmonary and Critical Care Measures – National Quality Forum [US] – 31 July 2012

“Washington, DC – the National Quality Forum (NQF) Board of Directors has endorsed 19 measures related to pulmonary conditions and the critical care setting. The measures focus on treatment processes and outcomes for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and pneumonia.”

“The measures include those that have been endorsed for at least three years and are now undergoing NQF endorsement maintenance. The ongoing evaluation and updating of endorsed measures ensures they are current and relevant to NQF’s pulmonary/critical care portfolio. In all, 35 measures were evaluated against NQF’s endorsement criteria; 19 received endorsement status. Three were new measures and 16 were maintenance measures. Further harmonization efforts are underway for a sub-set of measures. Three measures are still under review.”

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) commissioning toolkit [NHS] – 1 August 2012

Posted on August 2, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: |

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) commissioning toolkit [NHS] – 1 August 2012

“The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) commissioning toolkit is published for NHS commissioners and chief executives. It aims to make it easier to commission better outcomes for people with COPD by bringing together the clinical, financial and commercial aspects of commissioning in one place.

The toolkit does much of the hard work in the commissioning process including:

the development of best practice service specifications and costing tools
enabling a commissioner to spend more time having informed discussions with providers about service delivery
focusing on matters that will make the most difference to patients, rather than process or bureaucracy”

… continues on the site

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An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma: NHS Companion Document – 11 May 2012

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , |

An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma: NHS Companion Document – 11 May 2012

Action plan for respiratory disease treatment published

“A new action plan for treatment of respiratory problems is set out in guidance published today for the NHS.

Some 45 best practice actions are outlined for the treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. The two can be confused due to similar symptoms and understanding the similarities and differences will help doctors provide better treatment. A key part of the new strategy is reducing the variation in COPD diagnosis and care around the country.

COPD kills around 23,000 people per year, and if the new guidelines are followed across the NHS then an estimated 7,800 lives could be saved annually. The NHS currently spends £1bn a year on COPD. It costs nearly ten times more to treat severe COPD than the mild disease, so improved diagnosis rates could deliver significant cost savings too.”

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Funding and performance on clinical guidelines. The cases of dementia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – RAND – April 2012

Posted on April 24, 2012. Filed under: Aged Care / Geriatrics, Chronic Disease Mgmt, Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , , , |

Funding and performance on clinical guidelines. The cases of dementia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – RAND – April 2012

by Emmanuel Hassan, Helen Ridsdale, Jonathan Grant, Susan Guthrie

“In September 2009, the United Kingdom (UK) Medical Research Council, the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health (England) commissioned RAND Europe to investigate the characteristics of research cited in two UK clinical guidelines: Dementia and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

The exploratory work is part of an overall drive among funders to understand better how research reaches policy and practice.

The objectives of our exploratory study were to understand the following questions.

What are the characteristics of publications cited in these clinical guidelines?
On those papers with a UK affiliation, who funded the research cited in these clinical guidelines?

This report presents the findings of our work, based on the two guidelines.”

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COPD Online, an interactive training program for primary care nurses – Australian Lung Foundation – 22 March 2012

Posted on March 22, 2012. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Educ for Hlth Professions, Nursing, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , |

COPD Online, an interactive training program for primary care nurses – Australian Lung Foundation – 22 March 2012

New online training on COPD – Now available

“In an Australian first, primary care nurses now have access to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) training, regardless of where they live. COPD Online is a new web-based interactive training program developed by The Australian Lung Foundation (Lung Foundation) especially for primary care nurses which teaches participants about COPD, how to identify and manage patients with COPD, and develop self-management plans with patients.

COPD Online has been 18 months in the making and The Lung Foundation’s Director of the COPD National Program, Heather Allan, said the training was developed for a number of reasons. “Primary care nurses have a pivotal role in driving disease management programs at general practice.  Until now, there was very little training to support that important role.  This unique ten module intensive program will support the nurse’s role in identification, diagnosis and evidence based management of their patients with COPD,” Mrs Allan said.”

COPD Online is available on The Australian Lung Foundation’s website for $250.

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NHS Improvement – lung: national improvement projects – December 2011

Posted on December 13, 2011. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , |

NHS Improvement – lung: national improvement projects – December 2011

Improving earlier diagnosis and the long term management of COPD: testing the case for change – December 2011

Improving end of life care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): testing the case for change – December 2011

Transforming acute care in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): testing the case for change – December 2011

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Managing COPD as a Long Term Condition: Emerging Learning from the National [NHS] Improvement Projects – August 2011

Posted on August 29, 2011. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: |

Managing COPD as a Long Term Condition: Emerging Learning from the National [NHS] Improvement Projects – August 2011

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Consultation on a Strategy for Services for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in England – A response to the consultation – July 2011

Posted on August 8, 2011. Filed under: Respiratory Medicine | Tags: |

Consultation on a Strategy for Services for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in England – A response to the consultation – July 2011

“This documents sets out the Government’s response to the Consultation on a Strategy for Services for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in England. It is based on the many stakeholders responses to the consultation which took place between February and April 2010. The Government’s response is accompanied by the following documents, published individually: An Outcomes Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma in England; An Outcomes Strategy for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Asthma in England: Assessment of Impact on Equality”

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The Human and Economic Burden of COPD: A Leading Cause of Hospital Admission in Canada – Canadian Thoracic Society – 2 February 2010

Posted on February 5, 2010. Filed under: Chronic Disease Mgmt, Health Economics, Respiratory Medicine | Tags: , |

The Human and Economic Burden of COPD: A Leading Cause of Hospital Admission in Canada – Canadian Thoracic Society – 2 February 2010
By Susannah Benady

Extract from the press release:

“Many Canadians unaware of heavy price of COPD on patients and the healthcare system
February 2, 2010 – Ottawa, ON – A review of Canadian data by the nation’s leading lung specialists has provided the factual evidence to support what respirologists across the country have been suspecting for some time. Shockingly, more people are being admitted to Canadian hospitals each year with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) than any other major chronic illness (including heart attacks) and that number has been increasing dramatically in recent years.i A new report released today by the Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS), entitled The Human and Economic Burden of COPD: A Leading Cause of Hospital Admission in Canada, is timely given the annual spike in hospitalizations due to lung infections each winter.” … continues

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