The future is an exciting one for respiratory medicine. We have new and effective treatments. We are understanding how treatments can be targeted at particular patient phenotypes and we are now expecting results. This is in contrast to the therapeutic nihilism of the past 20 years.
We have brought together data from all areas of practice from across the Oxford AHSN region to provide a view of the current state of respiratory care focusing on asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These diseases are common and are a major healthcare burden in primary, emergency and secondary care.
By interpreting the data we can improve standardisation and reduce variation across the region. Read more on this in our first Network Report: “Asthma & COPD Care in the Oxford AHSN Region: Understanding & Reducing Variation”.
To improve the care of respiratory patients across our region
- Discovery and scope of current practice
- Identify areas for improvement
- Improve access to research for respiratory patients
- Development and implementation of pathways using near-patient devices and software
We will measure these objectives using the following:
- Patient satisfaction surveys
- Stakeholder and user satisfaction
- Improved activity, through continual audit loops
- Research participation levels
- Improvements in outcomes and reduced costs in hospitalisation, preventable deaths and unnecessary prescriptions