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An outcomes strategy for COPD and asthma

Since 2005, the Department of Health, the NHS, patients, clinicians and other key stakeholders have been working together to identify the best ways to improve care for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to reduce the number of people with the disease.

In July 2011 the Department published An Outcomes Strategy for COPD and Asthma. The strategy sets out six objectives:

  • To improve respiratory health and wellbeing of all communities and minimise inequalities between communities.
  • To reduce the number of people developing COPD by ensuring they are aware of the importance of good lung health and wellbeing. This includes understanding the risk factors and how to avoid or minimise them. It also means proactively addressing health inequalities.
  • To reduce the number of people with COPD dying prematurely through a proactive approach to early identification, diagnosis and intervention. It also requires proactive care and management at all stages of the disease, with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups and areas with high prevalence.
  • To enhance quality of life for people with COPD across all social groups. The aim is to provide a positive, enabling, experience of care and support right through to the end of life.
  • To ensure that people with COPD, across all social groups, receive safe and effective care, which minimises progression, enhances recovery and promotes independence.
  • To ensure that people with asthma, across all social groups, are free of symptoms. This should be achieved by prompt and accurate diagnosis, shared decision making regarding treatment, and ongoing support as patients self manage their condition. It should also reduce the need for unscheduled health care and risk of death.

Integrated action is required across the NHS, public health and social care services to improve outcomes for people with COPD and asthma. These services will also need to work with local authorities, voluntary organisations, business and the public to ensure that change occurs and these objectives are met.


Page last reviewed: 14/03/2012

Next review due: 14/03/2014

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