Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Mary Alice Hodge

Abstract

COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Several studies confirm only 50% of COPD patients receive optimal care. The disease is greatly under-recognized and generally is not diagnosed until it is clinically apparent and moderately advanced. COPD is also a major resource consuming disease. Considering these facts, Mission Hospitals realized the opportunity to improve evidence based quality care for patients diagnosed with COPD as well as the development of a Care Coordinated Program to improve outcomes for the patient as well as the organization. The goal of the program is to provide correct, comprehensive, and consistent care for this specific group of patients. The overall program involves education and awareness, data and surveillance, research and treatment and community coordination and advocacy. The purpose of this project is to develop a process for early identification/diagnosis of COPD, creating a role description of the COPD Patient Education Navigator, and to provide education to current staff about the program.

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