PURPOSE:Objective:Stakeholders in respiratory health have been seeking ways to maximize resources, share knowledge and improve services, as a way to reduce new cases of respiratory disease, and managing existing illness. The National Lung Health Framework is being developed by and for stakeholders. It is a national action plan to connect stakeholders, share information, resources and best practices and focus efforts to make a significant improvement on lung health in Canada with implementation to begin fall 2008.
METHODS:Methods Used:The Framework has been in development over two years. Phase One (2006–7) combined research and a collective, multi-stakeholder process to identify a vision, issues and priorities. Phase Two (2007–8) continued with data collection and stakeholder engagement to refine strategies within the Framework. Research includes an asset map and gap analysis of respiratory health, and a cost-risk-benefit analysis. Approximately 450 stakeholders (including federal/provincial/territorial governments; industry; medical and non-medical health care; research/academia; patients; and the voluntary sector) have provided feedback through expert advisory committees and provincial/territorial workshops. Phase three (2008 - 2009) uses a stepwise approach to develop an implementation strategy, identifying short, medium and long term priorities and key partners.
RESULTS:Results:The Framework structure is grounded in four strategic areas: Health Promotion, Awareness and Disease Prevention; Disease Detection and Management; Policy, Partnerships and Community/Systems Support; and Research, Surveillance and Knowledge Translation. The plan reflects a broad understanding of respiratory disease, including infectious and chronic respiratory disease, and primary and secondary prevention strategies (addressing tobacco control, and air quality issues).
CONCLUSION:Conclusions and Implications:Some of the expected outcomes for stakeholders working in the field of chronic disease include:òThe promotion of lung health and disease prevention.òAlignment with and support of other chronic disease prevention strategiesòImproved access to best practices and coordinated care.òBetter access to information and increased practical applications of research.òTools and knowledge to address the needs of at-risk populations.
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