A multi-disciplinary approach
To help you achieve this NHS Right Care have just launched its latest pathway aimed at tackling COPD. They’ve done this in collaboration with the British Lung Foundation, the British Thoracic Society, Respiratory Futures, the Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS-UK), and the National COPD Audit Programme.
Key recommendations are ensuring early detection with accurate diagnosis and optimising long-term management to reduce exacerbations, hospital admissions and premature mortality. A multidisciplinary supportive care approach with clear signposting and navigation to help you access care and a psychological approach too, including help for the frightening breathlessness that comes with COPD. Community activation to overcome social isolation and help you stay physically active along with peer support and a self management plan supported by good information and patient training.