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Getting started

Start by working through the set-up phase of this project, setting yourself a goal according to the time you have available to dedicate to this project, ensuring your team are aware of the project and you have been given the authorisation from your practice manager to complete the project. Progress through the Set-up phase of your QI project before moving down to the Project phase.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="qitaskouterrow"][vc_column][vc_row_inner el_class="qigrey"][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

The aim of this QI project

The aim of this Quality Improvement Project is to refer 70% or more of people patients with COPD (who are functionally disabled by breathlessness) to pulmonary rehabilitation (PR), and evidence this with the appropriate SNOMED code in their notes, by November 2021. This is the first of two projects, which involves targeting all patients on the COPD register and letting them know that the COPDhub app provides them with loads of really useful advice on staying well and keeping active with COPD. This project should be completed before the second project, which focuses on referring those patients who are functionally disabled by their breathlessness, to a formal pulmonary rehabilitation service.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="qitaskouterrow"][vc_column][vc_row_inner el_class="qigrey"][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Who is this project suitable for?

This QI project is aimed at primary care teams who have a register of COPD patients.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="qitaskouterrow"][vc_column][vc_row_inner el_class="qigrey"][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Why is this important?

Data collected from GP practices across Wales suggest that only 56% of people with COPD have been referred for pulmonary rehabilitation. Pulmonary rehabilitation is one of the highest value interventions for patients with COPD; on completion of a PR programme, a high proportion of patients achieve important gains in exercise performance and/or health status. This QI project will ensure that more patients are offered this high value intervention, and those who do not meet the criteria for pulmonary rehabilitation are advised to use the COPDhub app which contains a lot of valuable resources for patients with COPD.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row el_class="qitaskouterrow"][vc_column][vc_row_inner el_class="qigrey"][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

What will I get for completing this project?

Good data entry directly improves patient care, which will also help you identify gaps or errors in the patient record or diagnosis. On completion of this QI project, you will also get a certificate for your work. You will also be able to use this QI project as evidence towards CPD and professional revalidation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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