Patient Education and Telemedicine in COPD - Update 2015

Author(s): Patrycja Rzepka-Wrona, Szymon Skoczynski, Grzegorz Brozek, Joshua Lawson, Klaudia Glinka, Agnieszka Jarosinska, Igor Radziewicz Winnicki, Marcin Nowak, Adam Barczyk

Journal Name: Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews

Volume 11 , Issue 3 , 2015

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) remains the fourth recognized cause of death worldwide. Smoking is known as the most important risk factor for COPD with nicotine abstinence being the most effective COPD prophylaxis. Smoking cessation programs are less effective and may be considered as disease secondary prevention actions with smoking cessation slowing down lung function decline.

Severe exacerbations, if not treated, on time (no comma) are responsible for the highest number of lung related deaths among COPD patients. As the definition of COPD exacerbation may be subjective, attributing symptoms to an exacerbation can be difficult, especially among less educated patients. This problem may be even more important in areas where the doctor/patient ratio is small and where patients need to travel long distances to obtain consultation and medical help. For these reasons COPD telemonitoring programs are being tested and implemented in some countries.

This review is an updated overview of the current scientific evidence regarding patient education and telemonitoring implementation in COPD, based on the article on this topic published herein in 2013.

The evidence provided, herein, is presented to help identify the effectiveness of education and telemonitoring in COPD in societies with different economies.

Keywords: COPD education, COPD telemonitoring.

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Year: 2015
Published on: 12 October, 2015
Page: [209 - 223]
Pages: 15
DOI: 10.2174/1573398X11666151012193650
Price: $65

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