TITLE

COPD Disease Management Study

AUTHOR(S)
Bunch, Debbie
PUB. DATE
July 2010
SOURCE
AARC Times;Jul2010, Vol. 34 Issue 7, p161
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents a study conducted by researchers from five Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals in the U.S. regarding a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) disease management program staffed by respiratory therapists (RT). The study involves 743 COPD patients who underwent either a hospital admission or emergency department (ED) visit for COPD, chronic home oxygen use, or course of systemic corticosteroids for COPD in the past year. Furthermore, the result shows that the interaction between patients and the RT case manager provide a safety net in the event that the patients cannot manage their disease, and it concludes that RTs are the best trained clinicians for the management of chronic lung diseases.
ACCESSION #
52007647

 

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