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Electronic health records and improved nursing management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Authors Liu F, Zou Y, Huang QM, Zheng L, Wang W

Received 29 October 2014

Accepted for publication 15 December 2014

Published 24 March 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 495—500


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Fengping Liu,1 Yeqing Zou,1 Qingmei Huang,2 Li Zheng,2 Wei Wang2

1Yancheng Medical College, Yancheng, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China; 2The First Affiliated College of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, People’s Republic of China

Abstract: This paper identifies evolving trends in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and recommends the integration of nursing strategies in COPD management via widespread implementation of electronic health records. COPD is a complex lung disease with diverse origins, both physical and behavioral, manifested in a wide range of symptoms that further increase the patient’s risk for comorbidities. Early diagnosis and effective management of COPD require monitoring of a dizzying array of COPD symptoms over extended periods of time, and nurses are especially well positioned to manage potential progressions of COPD, as frontline health care providers who obtain, record, and organize patient data. Developments in medical technology greatly aid nursing management of COPD, from the deployment of spirometry as a diagnostic tool at the family practice level to newly approved treatment options, including non-nicotine pharmacotherapies that reduce the cravings associated with tobacco withdrawal. Among new medical technologies, electronic health records have proven particularly advantageous in the management of COPD, enabling providers to gather, maintain, and reference more patient data than has ever been possible before. Thus, consistent and widespread implementation of electronic health records facilitates the coordination of diverse treatment strategies, resulting in increased positive health outcomes for patients with COPD.

Keywords: COPD, epidemiology, risk factors, pathology, comorbidities, exacerbations, management

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