At the COPD Foundation's March 2017 Readmissions Institute for Connecticut healthcare providers held in New Haven, participants teamed up to discuss several distinct pulmonary case studies. The following is one of these, along with the questions and recommendations of the group who discussed the case. After you take a few minutes to read about this patient and the thoughts of the group, let us know: do you agree with their assessment and approach?
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.
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.
Posted on February 21, 2017 |
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.
Posted on February 09, 2017 |
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.
Posted on January 20, 2017 |
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.
Posted on January 09, 2017 |
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!
Posted on December 19, 2016 |
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!
Posted on December 15, 2016 |
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!
Posted on December 13, 2016 |
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
Posted on December 07, 2016 |
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.
Posted on November 18, 2016 |
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!
Posted on November 07, 2016 |
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.
Posted on November 01, 2016 |
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!
Posted on October 27, 2016 |
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.