Pathways Home for Lung Health (PHLH) - A Comprehensive Self-Management Programme for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the Community
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a major contributor to the burden of disease in Australia and the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases has seen a shift in patient care paradigms towards disease specific programmes that focus on self-management.
This study investigates a new model for COPD care involving mentoring by trained nurses to increase self-efficacy for self-management of disease. The aims are to improve the health-related quality of life of people with COPD, while reducing the associated health care costs, particularly through early identification and management of acute exacerbations.
The randomised control trials assigned patients recruited from General Practice to mentoring by trained nurses or usual care. The participants will be followed at six-monthly intervals to determine effects.
This project is a participant based study
- Clinical Professor Richard Wood-Baker (Honorary Member)