Reducing avoidable COPD emergency presentations: An integrated cross-health service initiative

Grant ID: EMSS-364R28-2017

Lay Summary

Almost 3% of consumers of healthcare services in the Darling Downs, West Moreton and Gold Coast (Including Robina) regions are estimated to have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); which is somewhat higher than the state average of 2.4%. COPD is the second leading cause of avoidable hospital admissions. Anecdotal evidence indicates continued over-utilisation of frontline resources (e.g., Emergency Department [ED]), and potential gaps in outreach services (e.g. underutilised services).

This project will inform the implementation and evaluation of referral treatment initiatives (e.g., anxiety management, smoking cessation referral, and quality intra-professional care [IPC] programs), based on identified causal factors.


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Principal Investigator:
Dr Alex King

Co Investigators:
A/Prof Clint Moloney
A/Prof Gavin Beccaria
Dr Amy Mullens
Prof Jeffrey Gow

Associate Investigators:
Prof Gerben Keijzers
Dr Fiona Black
Ms Carly Leverington
Ms Rebecca Sebastian
Dr Bajee Krishna Sriram


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