How integrated are services for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? Perceptions of patients and health care providers

S. E. Kirby*, M. Mutimbe, S. Vagholkar, J. Bunker, S. M. Dennis, S. T. Liaw

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Abstract

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common cause of hospital readmissions worldwide. Outcomes for COPD patients improve if care is more integrated. COPD patients and their health care providers at a district hospital and community health service were interviewed about their perceptions of integration of care. Patients were confused about provider roles, had little understanding of their disease, had difficulty accessing services and did not have COPD action plans. Health care providers espoused integration of COPD care. Care was reasonably well integrated in the hospital. Integration of care was compromised in the community because COPD patients went to the emergency department when symptoms became unmanageable, while only attending their GPs for routine booked appointments. Integration could be improved if health care providers spent more time with patients, promoting understanding of the disease, supporting self-management and liaising with other providers. Patients would benefit from an action plan and additional support. Potentially preventable COPD admissions will continue without action to improve integration of community services and patients' understanding of their condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)158-161
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Journal of Primary Health
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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