Between 10-30% of people with COPD are not diagnosed until they are admitted to hospital with an exacerbation and only 13% of eligible COPD patients are referred to pulmonary rehabilitation services (these aim to improve patient outcomes and quality of life in 90% of patients who complete a programme). The UK is also one of the worst-performing developed countries ranking 35 out of 37 for asthma deaths in the 5-to-34-year-age range.
Working with partners our aim is to ensure:
(1) Early and accurate diagnosis by supporting:
- targeted expansion of quality assured spirometry training
- diagnostic capacity and capability in primary care to improve respiratory disease diagnosis
- research and piloting of artificial intelligence to interpret lung function tests
- work investigating the evidence and implementation of Smart inhaler use.
(2) Medicines optimisation by:
- supporting clinical pharmacy to review and optimise prescription and use of inhalers to optimise management.
(3) Pulmonary Rehabilitation by supporting:
- RCP pulmonary rehabilitation accreditation
- increasing availability of pulmonary rehabilitation
- opportunities to test combined models of provision with cardiac rehabilitation.
(4) Self-management by supporting:
- opportunities for diabetes-style education programmes for respiratory conditions.
- opportunities for personalised care through Primary Care Network link workers
- ‘Test and learn’ demonstrators for joint Cardiac/pulmonary rehabilitation models.
Find out more about our Population health and prevention programme.