Background: Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) has multiple benefits in COPD patient. There are multiple barriers to utilize PR including lack of knowledge about the benefits of PR by providers. Objective: We are conducting a Quality Improvement project to improve the referral rate of patients hospitalized for acute exacerbation of COPD to PR. Methods: All patients admitted with a primary diagnosis of acute exacerbation of COPD requiring systemic steroids to Rochester General Hospital in the period between 7/1/2019 and 7/31/2019 were reviewed retrospectively. Between 7/15/2020 and 11/15/2020, we started a PR stewardship program, where we daily review patients hospitalized with acute COPD exacerbation, and then leave a note in the chart for the primary team to consider referring patients to PR upon discharge, patients’ charts were reviewed after discharge. The rate of referral before and after the intervention were compared. Results: During the pre-intervention period, 16 patients (mean age 67.7) with confirmed COPD by spirometry were admitted for COPD exacerbation, among them only 2 were referred to PR upon discharge (12.5%). During the post intervention period, 16 patients (mean age 65) were admitted with acute COPD exacerbation, among them 10 were referred to PR upon discharge (62.5%) [50% difference (16.5%- 71%, 95% CI), P value =0.004]. Conclusion: In our QI improvement project, we conclude that having a PR stewardship program to review patients hospitalized with COPD exacerbation significantly improves the referral rate to PR, and might help to improve utilization of those programs by patients who need them.
Thabet, Salem; Chhabria, Mamta S.; Naveed, Muhammad Ali; Boppana, Leela KT.; and Gurell, Michael N.
"Impact of Pulmonary Rehabilitation Stewardship Program on COPD Patients, QI project,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 12:
1, Article 24.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol12/iss1/24