Improving outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: The role of the interprofessional approach

Bravein Amalakuhan, Sandra G Adams

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Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with significant morbidity, places substantial time and cost burden on the health care system, and is now the third leading cause of death in the US. Many interventions are available to appropriately manage patients with COPD; however, fully implementing these strategies to help improve outcomes may be difficult. Collaboration between an interprofessional team of health care professionals (which includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, and many others) and COPD patients and caregivers is necessary to optimally manage these patients and to truly impact outcomes in this devastating disease. Prescribing evidence-based non-pharmacological and pharmacological therapies is an important start, but a true team-based approach is critical to successfully implement comprehensive care in patients with COPD. The goal of this review is to employ a case-based approach to provide practical information regarding the roles of the interprofessional team in implementing strategies to optimally manage COPD patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1225-1232
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of COPD
Volume10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 26 2015

Keywords

  • Co-morbidities
  • Optimal care
  • Shared decision-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Policy

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