Increasing Capacity and Capability of GPs to Provide COPD Management in Primary Care in the West Moreton Hospital and Health Services Region: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of GPs
||24 March 2020
||11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
||Online via Zoom
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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common respiratory condition causing persistent respiratory symptoms and reduced lung functioning. Chronic symptoms of COPD such as shortness of breath, cough and exercise intolerance con contribute to acute exacerbations which aggravate and worsen these symptoms. The impact of COPD on an individual’s life is significant with immobility, chronic fatigue, dependence on others, social isolation and mental health issues being common. People with COPD experience reduced quality of life, especially in the end stages. Almost 15,000 consumers of healthcare services in the Darling Downs and West Moreton region are estimated to have COPD. The improvement of outcomes for people with COPD within the WM region is of high priority with the HNA identifying the need to maximise opportunities for management within the primary health setting.