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COPD Exacerbations: A Patient and Physician’s Perspective

Resource Type: Articles Opinion/Editorials
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This dual-perspective article provides one impacted individual’s experience with COPD exacerbations as well as impressions of a respiratory physician. John Linnell, the patient author and a COPD Foundation state captain, shares his early disease experience and its progression, which for some time did not include severe flare-ups...

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Guideline Adherence in Hospital Recruited and Population Based COPD Patients

Resource Type: Research Papers
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A new study, the first of its kind done in Norway, analyzed whether people with COPD receive treatment consistent with GOLD recommendations, comparing those recently hospitalized with those not experiencing a hospitalization. Many studies have found that adherence to treatment guidelines is a challenge for people with COPD, often because they are not offered all available care. This study showed similar results...

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Improving Care Transitions: Findings from Project ACHIEVE

Resource Type: Webinars
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Project ACHIEVE is funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) and aims to identify which care transition elements are most important to patients and caregivers, what efforts are being implemented across the United States, and finally, which of these programs is producing successful outcomes for patients. In this webinar, Project ACHIEVE key contributors provide details on progress and analysis related to their care transitions research efforts...

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The COPD Foundation 2018 Readmissions Institute Toolkit

Resource Type: Toolkits
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The 2018 Readmissions Institute Toolkit was initially designed for the March 2017 Connecticut Readmissions Institute in New Haven, CT and updated for the July 2018 Chicago Readmissions Institute. This PDF version...

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Big Ideas Theater: End of Life Discussions from the RT Perspective

Resource Type: Webinars
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The COPD Foundation’s Stephanie Williams, BS, RRT, participated in the American Association for Respiratory Care’s (AARC) “Big Ideas Theater” to discuss end of life decisions. She explained...

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Co-opting of ClinicalTrials.gov by Patient-funded Studies

Resource Type: Research Papers
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In this commentary, the authors propose additional safeguards for studies listed on ClinicalTrials.gov, an online registry administered by the National Institutes of Health...

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Inadequate hand-off communication

Resource Type: Articles
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This Joint Commissions Sentinal Event Alert focuses on ineffective communication in the patient handoff process, whether within or between healthcare organizations. A longstanding issue that providers and administrators have sought to address, suboptimal handoffs due to inadequate...

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Performance of the LACE index to predict 30-day hospital readmissions in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Resource Type: Research Papers
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This study of 2,662 COPD patients employed a retrospective cohort design to assess the predictive accuracy of the LACE index, a tool used to predict 30-day readmissions and mortality. In this study, the primary outcomes were 1) readmission within 30 days and death during stay...

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Examining 30-day COPD readmissions through the emergency department

Resource Type: Research Papers
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This article presents the methodology and findings of a retrospective cohort study conducted in Michigan, a state with some of the highest rates of COPD in the United States. The aims of the analysis were to examine readmission in COPD patients who came through the emergency department (ED) and predictors of length of stay for those readmitted...

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The PEARL Score Predicts 90-Day Readmission or Death After Hospitalisation for Acute Exacerbation of COPD

Resource Type: Research Papers
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In this study, researchers developed a predictive model of death without readmission and readmission in a cohort of 2,417 COPD patients hospitalized with an acute exacerbation. The final model included the following factors:

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A New Approach for Identifying Patients with Undiagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Resource Type: Research Papers
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This article describes research recently conducted to develop a simple and straightforward COPD screening questionnaire for use in primary care. With the input of COPD patients, the authors developed and tested a five-item questionnaire that included questions about...

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Global, regional, and national deaths, prevalence, disability-adjusted life years, and years lived with disability for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, 1990–2015

Resource Type: Research Papers Statistics
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This new The Lancet Respiratory Medicine article presents a variety of statistics related to COPD and asthma gleaned from the 2015 Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) study. The GBD was conducted from 1990 to 2015 and examined mortality, prevalence and a variety of other factors related to 310 disease states in nearly 200 countries worldwide. Of particular interest to the COPD community will be the following...

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Under Trump, Hospitals Face Same Penalties Embraced By Obama

Resource Type: Articles Statistics
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This article outlines the findings of the newly-released 2018 Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program penalties. This year, 2,573 hospitals -- or 80 percent of hospitals included in the analysis -- failed to meet the established thresholds for preventable readmissions across six conditions...

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Online Versus Face to Face Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Patients with COPD: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Resource Type: Research Papers
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This American Thoracic Society 2017 Conference abstract presents the findings of a randomized, controlled non-inferiority study that compared outcomes from an online pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program to those from traditional PR. Distance traveled in the 6-minute Walk Test and COPD Assessment Test...

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Unproven Stem Cell Treatments for Lung Disease—An Emerging Public Health Problem

Resource Type: Articles Educational Materials
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As part of its Public Health Information Series, the American Thoracic Society (ATS) published this educational document on the danger of unproven stem cell treatments. The two-paged PDF provides a basic description of stem cells; their theoretical potential in the treatment of respiratory disease...

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