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Clearing the air national study of copd

Clearing the air – National study of COPD

Health Care Commission

2006


Clearing the air

Clearing the air

  • National study of care and treatment available for people with COPD in England

  • Part of wider programme of work focussing on long term conditions/chronic disease

  • Literature review, stakeholder consultations, specialist advisors, examined hospital activity, focus groups, specific aspects of services.


Key challenges

Key challenges

  • Improve diagnosis of COPD – reduce misdiagnosis and undiagnosis.

  • Greater emphasis by PCTs on structured care for COPD.

  • Helping people to help themselves. (pul rehab)

  • Reducing admissions

  • Addressing poor prognosis

  • Addressing individual needs

  • Appropriate treatment for exacerbations

  • Access to supportive and palliative care.


Facts about copd

Facts about COPD

  • 900,000 people diagnosed with COPD in the UK and an estimated 2million undiagnosed.

  • Causes more than 30,000 deaths per year in UK

  • 1.4million GP consultations/year

  • 1 in 8 emergency admissions (second largest cause of emergency admission)


National recommendation

National recommendation

  • More meaningful indicators to measure the outcome of care for people with COPD need to be developed and monitored routinely.


Local recommendations

Local recommendations

  • PCTs as commissioners of services should lead improvements in care

  • Strategy should focus on areas of greatest social deprivation

  • PCTs should ensure fair access to care by improving accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis in primary care.

  • Explore options for improving support at time of diagnosis ( written info/ support gps)


Local recommendations1

Local recommendations

5. Respiratory networks should establish models of structured care in community.

  • PCTs with high rates of emergency admission should work with hospital teams to review management of these patients

  • Develop new initiatives to reduce admission and length of stay.

  • Improve and monitor access to pul rehab.

  • Monitor access to and provision of palliative care for non-malignant disease.


What will the hcc do next

What will the HCC do next?

  • Assess and report on performance in relation to indicators for the implication of NICE guidelines for COPD

  • Assess and report on progress by trusts in meeting targets to reduce emergency bed days, and reduce smoking rates.

  • Report on improvement reviews of tobacco control and LTC.

  • Follow up local concerns about performance

  • Work with DOH to develop improved quality indicators for COPD.


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