Caring for patients with COPD and their families in the community.

Gretl Mchugh, Gretl McHugh, Karen Chalmers, Karen Luker

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    Community matrons have a key role to play in the management of patients with long-term conditions. With the expected increase in prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), largely due to cigarette smoking, the management and care of patients with COPD is a priority for the NHS. This paper examines the current and future role of community matrons in the management of patients with COPD. Community matrons have a potential role in providing evidence based care and could fill a gap in the implementation of effective interventions to help patients and family members stop smoking. A family focused approach to assessment and case management are important to achieving quality care and management of these patients. Recommendations are made with respect to the improvement of service provision for individuals and families with COPD.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)219-222
    Number of pages3
    JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - May 2007


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