PEer-Led o2 Info-line for patients and CAregivers (PELICAN)

The collaborative PELICAN study tested whether an O2 infoline for patients and caregivers will increase supplemental oxygen adherence and improve health in people with COPD. identifier NCT02098369


The problem

There are 3 interventions that save lives in people with COPD...

  1. Supplemental oxygen for resting hypoxemia
  2. Intensive smoking cessation interventions
  3. Non-invasive ventilation for COPD exacerbations

…but adherence to supplemental oxygen can be low.

  • “I’m embarrassed to use my oxygen tank.”
  • “I don’t think it works—I still get short of breath.”
  • “The doctor sends you home on O2, you don’t know you’ll be on it the rest of your life.”

Study design

PELICAN is testing a care model that combines written self-management education materials and peer coaching phone sessions from the COPD InfoLine. Over 500 adult patients with a diagnosis of COPD and a prescription for home oxygen were randomized to one of three self-management groups--Proactive PELICAN, Reactive PELICAN, or usual care.

PELICAN Study Deisgn

Participant snapshot

PELICAN enrolled over 500 participants with a diagnosis of COPD and a prescription for home oxygen.

  • Over half of participants were more than 60 years old. Over 80% had used supplemental oxygen for at least 12 months.
  • Nearly all patients used a stationary oxygen concentrator plus at least one other piece of oxygen equipment to use outside the home. Oxygen tanks and portable oxygen concentrators were the two most common pieces of oxygen equipment.
  • About half of the participants had been hospitalized in the past 12 months.

Results have been reported in Krishnan J, Casaburi R, Cerreta S., et al. 2018. Using Phone-Based Peer Health Coaching to Improve Home Oxygen Use and Health in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease—The PELICAN Study. Washington, DC: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) (Link to the final study report) and presented at the American Thoracic Society Conference in 2017 and 2018

Staff + partners

COPD Foundation InfoLine associates + leadershipplus

  • Karen Anzalone
  • Pam DeNardo
  • Tim Deuby
  • Ken Ellis
  • Shelia Favazza
  • Marilyn Hyatt
  • Shirley Lawson
  • Linda Mullin
  • Sal Puccio
  • Dugan Reed
  • Jamie Sullivan
  • John Walsh
  • Linda Walsh

University of Illinois at Chicago study staffplus

  • Jennifer Buenrostro
  • Nina Bracken
  • Crystal Cannon
  • Jan Cotton
  • Jessica Dudley
  • Alexander Frye
  • Vanessa Gonzalez
  • Maciej Grabarek
  • Sai Dheeraj Illendula
  • Jerry Krishnan
  • John Linnell
  • Kyle Maggio
  • Lourdes Norwick

External advising committeeplus

  • Joel J. Africk Respiratory Health Association
  • Rino Aldrighetti Pulmonary Hypertension Association
  • Linda Arnold Patient
  • Teresa Barnes Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Helen Nichols Patient
  • Thomas Kallstrom American Association for Respiratory Care
  • Joseph Lewarski Drive Medical-DeVilbiss Healthcare
  • Joseph Morrison Caregiver
  • Jim Nelson Patient

Medical + scientific teamplus

  • Richard Casaburi LA BioMed Research Institute / Harbor UCLA Medical Center
  • Scott Cerretta COPD Foundation
  • Kristen Holm National Jewish Health
  • Jerry Krishnan University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Janos Porszasz LA BioMed Research Institute / Harbor UCLA Medical Center
  • Valentin Prieto-Centurion University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Robert Sandhaus AlphaNet
  • Jamie Sullivan COPD Foundation


PELICAN Partners