Lungs & Airways

Patient input required for a Cochrane Airways review on a program/combination of different interventions for patients with COPD

Skills / interests: Consumer (public, patient, carer) input

In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) there is considerable variation in symptoms, limitations and well-being, which often complicates medical care.    Patients with COPD could visit one or more different healthcare providers (e.g. doctors, nurses and physiotherapists) at different times for interventions such as  
medication, self management, education, and exercise training.  Such health professionals  might all work independently from each other.

The idea behind integrated disease management (IDM) is a program which addresses different elements of care and could improve quality of life (QoL) and exercise tolerance, whilst reducing the number of exacerbations.

Objectives: To evaluate the effectiveness of integrated  in people with COPD on quality of life, exercise tolerance and exacerbation related outcomes .

Ideal applicant

If you have a diagnosis of COPD this task would be ideal for you. Equally, if you care for someone with COPD we would like to hear from you. We want to gain your perspectives on both readability and whether this review is answering the needs of people with COPD around the world. We are especially keen to get patients' views so we can try to ensure that the Cochrane Review is as relevant as possible to people making decisions about their health.

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