Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
The aim of the Northern ICP respiratory group is to develop an integrated model of care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, incorporating early diagnosis, enhanced community-based management and improved end of life care.
UK figures estimate that 50-70% COPD is undiagnosed with 30% cases only diagnosed at the time of a hospital admission. Many already have severe disease at the time of diagnosis. Conversely 25% of those with a diagnosis are wrongly diagnosed.
The rate of decline of lung function is faster in the early stages of the disease but is more amenable to treatment so early diagnosis and evidence based treatment is essential.
To further these aims an education package suitable for all primary care practitioners, GPs, practice nurses, community pharmacists, community respiratory team practitioners, has been developed.
ECHO sessions are one of three components of this education package. By telementoring and case discussion, ECHO will enhance the knowledge and skill in primary care, helping to improve patient management and referrals patterns.