WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 26, 2016 - The COPD Foundation today announced it has been approved for a $2.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) for the O2VERLAP study, which will demonstrate the capabilities of the COPD Patient-Powered Research Network (COPD PPRN). The COPD PPRN is the largest research registry ever assembled in an effort to find improved therapies, and ultimately a cure, for COPD.
O2VERLAP is a multi-stakeholder project that will compare the effectiveness of patient-centered proactive care methods (web-based peer coaching education and support intervention) versus reactive care, on adherence to positive airway pressure and oxygen therapies in patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and/or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). As many as 4.5 million people in the U.S. have both COPD and OSA. Results from the O2VERLAP study will provide evidence to shape how care is delivered in the home for patients with COPD and OSA, and will provide guidance on the use of social media, peer-to-peer support, smartphone apps, and viral messaging to engage patients. The study will also serve as a recruitment tool for the COPD Patient-Powered Research Network, a subset of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), which prioritizes patient-guided research and personalized care.
The O2VERLAP project will also include the engagement of patient partners and stakeholders in a series of focus groups and interviews to understand treatment barriers and important outcomes to refine the development of a peer-led Internet-based coaching program for individuals with COPD and OSA. The COPD Foundation and partners at American Sleep Apnea Association and other members of PCORnet will engage in collaborative activities around O2VERLAP designed to create more efficient research methods, new tools and best practices for patient centered research.