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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

SHM is Helping to Improve Care for COPD Patients

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) encompasses many progressive pulmonary disorders, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It is a major cause of disability and is the third leading cause of death in the United States.1

COPD poses significant care and economic burdens often contributing to higher readmission rates and substantial costs of care.

It is critical that hospitals identify quality improvement (QI) strategies to appropriately manage COPD patients by both assessing and monitoring the disease, mitigating risk factors, stabilizing COPD and regulating exacerbations of the disease.


SHM's COPD Implementation Guide

This guide is intended for multidisciplinary teams of hospitalists, pulmonologists, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists and others supporting the implementation of QI-focused interventions to manage COPD patients.

It also has applications for nursing leadership, pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, respiratory therapists and pulmonary rehabilitation nurses.

Guide components:

  • Forming a multi-disciplinary project team
  • Obtaining institutional support
  • Assessing the current state
  • Identifying best practices
  • Choosing metrics and developing a data collection plan
  • Deploying interventions and monitoring impacts
  • Improving transitions of care for patients with COPD

Download Guide

This implementation guide is supported in part by a non-educational sponsorship from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals.

The Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) guide is an online resource for visitors to the Society of Hospital Medicine's website. All content and links have been reviewed by COPD Guide Project Team; however, the Society of Hospital Medicine does not exercise any editorial control over content associated with the external links that have been made available via this website.


1“What Is COPD?” National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 28 Apr. 2017