COPD program (UK best practice)
Reduced number of physical hospital visits and a feeling of safety for patients
How does it work?
COPD patients will be prescribed the COPD program in which they will answer symptoms questions and validated questionnaire (CCQ or CAT questionnaire) and measure vital signs like oxygen saturation or weight. The burden of the disease determines the protocol, but monitoring is usually on a weekly basis. The program also includes educational lessons to help people to help themselves, the lessons are addressing a wide array of topics like inhalation medication, acceptance of having COPD or moving sufficiently. (Automated) messages are send to patients to coach and motivate. Patients can also request contact with their medical team in case of uncertainty.
Patient and caregiver benefits:
- Reduced number of physical hospital visits
- Virtual lifeline to the care team, feeling of safety
- Empowering self-management
Hospitals using the program
Reviews from patients and professionals
I think this is excellent and all the staff are lovely. The full stats make you feel comfortable with yourself at home. Which I feel is the bonus.
Awareness among patients
Patients get quicker insight in their own health situation and it creates awareness.
Intervene at the right moment
Intercepting deviating values and be able to (quicker) anticipate.