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HRC funded study to examine the delivery of COPD care in the southern region

Tuesday, 1 December 2015 11:15am

Tim Stokes thumbProfessor Tim Stokes has been awarded a Health Research Council New Zealand Health Delivery Research Partnership Grant with the Southern District Health Board to undertake a research project that aims to improve the health care of people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Professor Timothy Stokes, in partnership with Southern District Health Board, has been awarded a Health Research Council Research Partnership for New Zealand Health Delivery, Delivering better care for people with severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the southern region.

Professor Stokes, Mr Simon Donlevy (SDHB), Dr Jack Dummer (SDHB, University of Otago), Dr Roland Meyer, Mrs Deborah Hannah, Ms Margaret Clearwater (SDHB) and Mrs Fiona Doolan-Noble (University of Otago will undertake a research project that aims to improve the health care of people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This research aims to improve the health care of people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) across the Southern District Health Board region. COPD is a disease of national importance, particularly for Māori.

The research has three components. Firstly it will determine health care usage by people with severe COPD admitted to southern hospitals through case notes review. Secondly the health care needs of people with severe COPD will be determined through interviewing a wide range of patients after admission and six months later. Thirdly we will interview health professionals, patient groups and stakeholders to identify the barriers and enablers to the provision of high quality, person-centred and integrated care for COPD. These results will inform an expert review group of clinicians, health service managers and patients. This group will make specific implementable recommendations to Alliance South (Southern DHB/PHO) on how care for people with COPD should be organised across community, primary, and secondary care.

Read more on the HRC website

For more information, contact Professor Tim Stokes

Department of General Practice and Rural Health
Dunedin School of Medicine
University of Otago
Tel 64 3 479 7446
Email tim.stokes@otago.ac.nz