Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Goals

Build partnerships with university faculty
Build capacity to participate in industry funded studies
Improve screening for patients at risk for COPD

Overview

L.A. Net, in partnership with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is conducting a study on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) management among safety-net practices. COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and contributes to health disparities because it is often under-diagnosed and patients may fail to report symptoms to their primary care provider.

In collaboration with safety-net practices, an L.A. Net facilitator conducted a 6-question survey of patients in the waiting room of these participating practices to determine if the patient might potentially test positive for COPD. If survey results indicate the potential COPD symptoms, patients will be further screened with the use of a handheld spirometry device that measures the patients breathing capabilities. With patient consent, the facilitator will review the medical records of these patients 8 weeks later for information on COPD.

Participating practices will receive information on COPD in their patient populations and quality improvement activities that can be utilized by primary care providers to more appropriately diagnosis for COPD in the future.

View the following video for COPD Project Outcomes

18 practices
Over 1000 patient participants

This project is funded by Boehringer Ingelheim.