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Identifying the Alpha-1 Patient

Posted on March 22, 2017   |   
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 Alpha-1 screening and testing

In this post from the COPD Foundation's Jane Martin, BA, LRT, CRT, learn more about "atypical and typical" COPD patients and testing for Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, a genetic condition that can lead to serious lung and liver disease.

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An Interview with Dr. Robert Sandhaus: the latest Alpha-1 Clinical Practice Guidelines

Posted on March 07, 2017   |   
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 Dr. Robert Sandhaus

In this latest PRAXIS Nexus post, read our interview with National Jewish Health's Dr. Robert Sandhaus, co-author of the latest Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Clinical Practice Guidelines.

Dr. Sandhaus speaks to us about differences between the newest and former guidelines, their importance for those in primary care settings as well as the current and future Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency research landscape.

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Motivating your Patients to Change Behavior

Posted on February 21, 2017   |   
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 Garwick presentation

This article is based upon the recent Pulmonary Empowerment Program webinar, “Motivating the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Patient to Lifestyle Modification: Achieving positive results by incorporating coaching techniques” given by Tammy Garwick, MA, RCEP, FAACVPR.

Health coaching is a patient-centered process that involves supporting patients toward their goals and achieving behavior change that match the individual’s values and needs. Rather than employing the paternalistic approach, in which practitioners dictate desired outcomes and the strategies involved in achieving them, in coaching, providers guide individuals toward their goals. This is “giving healthcare back to the patient.” Coaching supports the population health management approach toward which we as a healthcare community now strive; we are managing patients earlier in the disease process and being more proactive in our care. Rather than look at this set of tools as an additional step in our process, we should embrace this – coaching can only heighten our care delivery.

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Tags: health coaching
Categories: Promising Practices

Resource of the Month: New Pneumonia Fact Sheet

Posted on February 09, 2017   |   
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 pneumonia fact sheet

Pneumonia is a critical health concern for people with COPD. The incidence of pneumonia has been shown to be six to eight times higher in older adults with COPD as compared to their cohorts without pulmonary disease. People with COPD who develop these lung infections are also more likely to bear significant negative health outcomes related to their pneumonia. It is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States.

In order to raise awareness about pneumonia and the ways people with COPD can decrease their chances of infection, the COPD Foundation has developed a new educational one-pager.

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Categories: Resource of the Month

"You Have COPD."

Posted on January 20, 2017   |   
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 COPD diagnosis

The doctor looked at his patient, and said, “Joe, you have COPD.”

Normally a friendly guy, a talker, Joe was speechless. He was stunned, then began to feel anxious, making him short of breath– even more so than usual. His doctor went on, explaining what COPD is and what could – and couldn’t – be done about it. Maybe Joe heard that. Maybe he didn’t.

“You’re going to have this for the rest of your life. It’s not going to go away.”

There’s no doubt that you, a health care professional, are all too familiar with this scenario. How should we talk to a patient who has just been told he has COPD? Here are some thoughts on starting that conversation.

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Tags: newly diagnosed
Categories: Promising Practices

Harmonicas for Health (and Happiness)

Posted on January 09, 2017   |   
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 Michelle Collins, BSRT, RRT

Michelle Collins, BSRT, RRT is a respiratory therapist who has been in healthcare for almost 26 years; 13 of those have been spent working in respiratory care. A woman wearing many hats, she has also been the COPD Foundation Advocacy Captain in Maine for the past two years. She’s passionate about improving the lives of the patients in Maine with whom she works. You can hear it in her voice and as she talks about her efforts to make life easier for those with COPD, no matter how far in Maine they might be from her front door.

Michelle saw a need for an engaging group activity that would promote better lung health in her COPD patients. So she worked diligently to bring the COPD Foundation's Harmonicas for Health, the first nationwide harmonica program created especially for individuals with COPD and other chronic lung diseases, to more than one group in her area. Learn more about the program and its benefits -- and its impact on Michelle's patients with COPD in Maine -- in this latest PRAXIS Nexus post!

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Tags: H4H Harmonicas for Health Maine
Categories: Promising Practices

PEP Webinar -- Update on Pulmonary Rehabilitation Reimbursement and Audits

Posted on December 19, 2016   |   
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The goal of the Pulmonary Empowerment Program -- or PEP -- is to support pulmonary rehabilitation healthcare professionals so they may help individuals with COPD have the best possible pulmonary rehabilitation experience through optimal physical conditioning, education in effective health-management and ongoing engagement to stay as healthy, active and independent as possible. An “Update on Pulmonary Rehabilitation Reimbursement and Audits” was presented at the PEP Webinar on Tuesday, December 13, 2016. Our special guest speaker was Gerilynn Connors, RRT, FACVPR, FAARC, the Director of the Pulmonary Rehab program at Inova Fairfax Medical Campus in Fairfax, Virginia. Read this PRAXIS Nexus summary of this webinar and join the Q&A!

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Tags: PEP pulmonary rehabilitation

Real Change – or How to Talk with Your COPD Patients about New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on December 15, 2016   |   
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New Year’s resolutions – we all have them – or even if we don’t, we hear about them. It’s no different for your patients with COPD. But, something else we all know is that saying, “I’ll take better care of my health in the coming year” is far too general for most of us, let alone a person with COPD who may have six or more co-morbidities. Furthermore, “I’ll take better care of my health” is more than likely too overwhelming for the already overwhelmed person with COPD.

How can you help your patients with COPD to achieve their health and life goals in 2017? Read more in this latest PRAXIS Nexus post!

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Resource of the Month: Just updated! The COPD Foundation’s Pocket Consultant Guide

Posted on December 13, 2016   |   
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COPD Foundation PCG

This PRAXIS Nexus article was written by Scott Cerreta, BS, RRT, Director of Education for the COPD Foundation. In this post, you will find:

  • The background of the COPD Foundation Pocket Consultant Guide (PCG)
  • Organization of the PCG
  • A comparison of the PCG and GOLD
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • A note from Dr. Byron Thomashow, one of the authors of the PCG

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Tags: diagnosis treatment
Categories: Resource of the Month

COPD Population Management in the Home Health Setting

Posted on December 07, 2016   |   
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 Bayada Home Health

Read more about population health and the role of home health care in supporting those with COPD in this PRAXIS Nexus post by guest author Mandeep K Mangat MD, MPH.

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Tags: home healthcare patient education population health
Categories: Promising Practices

Helping Your Patients Enjoy the Holidays

Posted on November 18, 2016   |   
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Jane Martin, BA, LRT, CRT, COPDF Associate Director of Education, shares some thoughts on supporting your chronic lung disease patients to enjoy the upcoming holidays.

Share your ideas in the comments!

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Tags: best practices chronic lung disease holidays
Categories: Promising Practices

Improved COPD education for better patient outcomes

Posted on November 07, 2016   |   
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Debbie Bennett

Debbie Bennett, RRT, BS is the supervisor of Pulmonary Rehabilitation at Barnes Jewish Hospital.

In this latest PRAXIS Nexus post, she fills us in on their quality improvement initiative to improve education for their COPD patients.

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Tags: patient education patient experience

COPD Awareness Month 2016: Go Orange!

Posted on November 01, 2016   |   
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Go Orange COPD

Today begins November – and that means we’re kicking off COPD Awareness Month 2016!

We hope to see your healthcare and management teams, your family members and even your pets Going Orange to improve awareness and to spread important messages about COPD. How can you – the COPD healthcare professional – get involved? Here are a few ideas!

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Dispatch from the Field: The Aging 2.0 Conference

Posted on October 27, 2016   |   
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Deb McGowan

Deb McGowan, the COPD Foundation’s Vice President of Population Health & Care Delivery, shares her experiences representing the Foundation at San Francisco's Aging 2.0 conference, where accelerating innovation to improve the lives of older adults was the attendees' charge.

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Tags: aging

Provider Perspective: Dr. Barbara Yawn on the COPD National Action Plan

Posted on October 24, 2016   |   
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Dr. Barbara Yawn

Dr. Barbara Yawn shares her experiences at the NHLBI Town Hall Meeting and her thoughts on responding to the call for comments on the COPD National Action Plan.

Comments are due this Friday, October 28, 2016 to NHLBI. Calling all COPD healthcare providers -- have you shared your feedback yet?

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Tags: COPD Action Plan
Categories: Policy News

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