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Improving outcomes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the role of the interprofessional approach

Authors Amalakuhan B, Adams SG

Received 22 March 2015

Accepted for publication 12 May 2015

Published 26 June 2015 Volume 2015:10(1) Pages 1225—1232

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S71450

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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Bravein Amalakuhan,1,2 Sandra G Adams1,2

1Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseases/Critical Care Medicine, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 2South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Division, San Antonio, TX, USA

Abstract: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with significant morbidity, places substantial time and cost burden on the health care system, and is now the third leading cause of death in the US. Many interventions are available to appropriately manage patients with COPD; however, fully implementing these strategies to help improve outcomes may be difficult. Collaboration between an interprofessional team of health care professionals (which includes physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, dietitians, pharmacists, and many others) and COPD patients and caregivers is necessary to optimally manage these patients and to truly impact outcomes in this devastating disease. Prescribing evidence-based non-pharmacological and pharmacological therapies is an important start, but a true team-based approach is critical to successfully implement comprehensive care in patients with COPD. The goal of this review is to employ a case-based approach to provide practical information regarding the roles of the interprofessional team in implementing strategies to optimally manage COPD patients.

Keywords: optimal care, shared decision-making, co-morbidities

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