Care pathways for patients with COPD in Italy

Calabrò, Stefano (2014) Care pathways for patients with COPD in Italy. Shortness of Breath, 3 (3). pp. 126-131. ISSN 2281-6550

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Chronic health conditions are rapidly increasing. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is one of the most common lung diseases. COPD has considerable impact on the quality of life of the patient, involving long-term medical care and frequent hospital admissions for treatment of exacerbations. The current acute care model for COPD is, in general, insufficient for optimal management of the disease. The optimal care of the patient with COPD requires an individualized, patient-centered approach that recognizes and treats all aspects of the disease. The optimal treatment for COPD patients must address symptoms and disability from the respiratory disease and from its extra-pulmonary conditions, adhering to principles of the chronic care model and integrated care. In Italy the National Health System promotes strategies of integrated care for controlling COPD. It is essential to ensure coordinate health policies, both at local and national level. Only integrating adequate health policies with an optimal cooperation among general practitioners, chest physicians and other specialists whenever required, may assure the best management of the COPD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, clinical pathway, continuity of care, integrated care
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici)
Depositing User: Marina Spanti
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2016 17:38
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2016 17:38

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