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Living with COPD: The frequent attenders perspectives
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a debilitating chronic disease that can negatively impact quality of life and pose a significant healthcare burden. Individuals with COPD are amongst the most frequent attenders in the emergency department (ED) despite evidence suggesting many admissions are potentially avoidable.
EDs are under increasing pressure due to rises in caseloads. Improved understanding of why patients present frequently to the ED could assist to inform strategies to optimise resource allocation and avoid unnecessary ED admissions. This study explores the experiences of frequent ED attenders with COPD and their carers, and in doing so, highlights some of these key issues and the impact that both acute and primary care health professionals can have on the individual and their carer.
Presented by Liz Halcomb