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Written by: Vester Gravley on Thursday, August 20, 2015 Posted in:

Knowledge is power! Education is empowerment! Empowering the COPD patient to self-manage their disease is imperative to improved wellness, decreased readmissions and realized cost savings. The respiratory therapist in the STACH is uniquely positioned to empower their patients through disease education and management strategy. These efforts need to be resourced with a view that extends beyond the patient hospital stay. A working understanding of the patient’s routine activities of daily living, their home environment, drug availability and care assets along with self-management training and skills, once assessed, should be incorporated into a personalized intervention strategy and action plan. Regular patient follow-up which references the personalized plan is also essential. And finally, with each return hospital visit the strategy and plan are reviewed and tweaked. The success of our efforts will be realized by our patient’s capacity to self-manage their own health and wellness and the fact that we see them so infrequently.

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