Plans to transform the care, quality of life and health outcomes for millions of people with respiratory disease have been announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.
Respiratory diseases represent a major problem in England for patients and the NHS. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is thought to affect more than three million people in England.
More people are admitted to hospital in an emergency for respiratory diseases than anything else (12% of all emergency admissions) and COPD is the fifth biggest killer in the UK. It also represents a huge cost for the NHS.
The Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma will drive improvements in outcomes for patients through the new REACT approach. This coordinates the efforts of the NHS, patients, social care and voluntary organisations can help people avoid lung disease and to lead longer and healthier lives.
The Outcomes Strategy identifies six objectives that will drive work to transform respiratory care within the health and social care system. These are:
The strategy has been consulted on widely and has been developed with key patient groups including the British Lung Foundation and Asthma UK, healthcare professionals from both primary and secondary care, as well as patients and carers.
Dame Helena Shovelton, Chief Executive of the British Lung Foundation said: “We are delighted to welcome the COPD and Asthma Outcomes Strategy. It will offer improved treatment and care to millions of people suffering with these life threatening and debilitating conditions. However, in order to have a real impact we need to see this strategy put into action across the country.
Source: Nursing in Practice
News Date: July 2011
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