Using Patient Navigation for COPD
Care coordination is a critical element of COPD management and treatment, due to both the variety of
treatment models that are often employed in tandem for COPD care and the comorbidities that COPD
patients typically experience. As such, patient navigation is a promising approach to supporting COPD
patients as they navigate and adhere to treatment.
Patient navigators help
individuals track their appointments and reconcile their medications across multiple healthcare settings, which
can encourage adherence and ensure safety. Navigation is particularly useful in the context of multiple
comorbidities because patients may have many appointments with different healthcare providers and various
combinations of medications could result in complications.
Resources to Learn More
Opportunity: More RTs are Becoming COPD Navigators
An overview of the emerging role of COPD navigator and how this position may be used to prevent hospital
readmission, provide patient education, and assist with follow-up care.
Organization(s): American Association for Respiratory Care
a COPD Navigator Program
Explores the role of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) navigator in supporting patient care and
reducing hospital readmissions. Provides examples of the work being done by COPD navigators
in a variety of settings.
Author(s): Spear, L.
Citation: RT: For Decision Makers in Respiratory Care