Improving Chronic Disease Management One Breath At A Time.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a serious lung disease that significantly impacts all aspects of a patient’s life.
780,000 Ontarians live with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease1 and within Ontario the population living in the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has the highest prevalence of COPD2.
To meet the needs of patients suffering with COPD, we are introducing an innovative partnership focused on improving quality of life and decreasing the need for urgent care health resources, including Emergency Department visits and hospitalizations.
Launch of the Windsor-Essex & Chatham-Kent Collaborative COPD PRIISME® Program
Sept. 19th, 2012 10:30am – 11:30am (Windsor Family Health Team)
Sept. 19th, 2012 1:30pm – 2:30pm (Chatham-Kent Family Health Team)
Windsor Family Health Team, Jackson Park 2475 McDougall Ave, Windsor, Ontario
Chatham-Kent Family Health Team, 20 Emma Street, Chatham, Ontario
Five Family Health Teams in the Erie St. Clair LHIN – Amherstburg, Chatham-Kent, Harrow, Leamington and Windsor
Asthma Research Group Windsor-Essex Inc. (ARGI)
Dr. Tim O’Callahan, Family Physician, Amherstburg FHT
Dr. Chris Licskai, Respirologist, London Health Sciences
Dr. Glenn Crater, Country Medical Director, GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
Below please find a few statistics and quotes regarding COPD which you may find valuable. A press release will be emailed to you later this week.
Please feel free to contact me
Laura McKee, RN Clinical Manager, Harrow Health Centre
519-738-2000 ext. 14
Statistics and Quotes regarding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD):
Taking into account the most recent population data from Statistics Canada and COPD prevalence data from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES), there are approximately 8,000 and 30,000 individuals with COPD in Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex respectively.2,3
“COPD is a low-profile, insidious illness that proceeds almost imperceptibly, gradually depriving individuals of their health and vitality. It frequently affects people in their most productive years, causing shortness of breath, persistent cough, and fatigue. Sufferers feel old before their time, finding normal daily routines such as shopping, housework and even leisure activities an uphill struggle.”4
“The most recent statistics on hospital admissions in Canada, collected by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), show that COPD now accounts for the highest rate of hospital admission among major chronic illnesses in Canada.” … “More patients are being admitted to hospitals because of COPD than heart attacks and that figure has been increasing dramatically over the years.”4
In a 2012 report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was the index condition that accounted for the largest number of Emergency Department (ED) returns among medical patients. 10.1% of COPD patients returned to the ED within seven days. Those with COPD also had the highest number of readmissions to acute inpatient care. Nearly one in five patients with an index condition of COPD (18.8%) was readmitted within 30 days.5
1. “Your Lungs, Your Life: Insights and Solutions to Lung Health in Ontario”, Ontario Lung Association, 2011.
2. Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. November 2010. Prevalence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Ontario, 1996/97 to 2009/10
3. Statistics Canada. 2012. Census Profile. 2011 Census. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 98-316-XWE. Ottawa. Released May 29, 2012.
4. Canadian Thoracic Society. The Human and Economic Burden of COPD: A Leading Cause of Hospital Admission in Canada, February, 2010.
5. Canadian Institute for Health Information, All-Cause Readmission to Acute Care and Return to the Emergency Department (Ottawa, Ont.: CIHI, 2012).