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Obstructive Lung Diseases: Airways 4 |

Inhaler Training and COPD Education: A Pharmacist-Driven Approach to Lowering Readmissions in an Urban Safety-Net Hospital

Marjan Islam, MD; Navitha Ramesh, MD; Nikki Bhogal, PharmD; Patricia Walker, MD; Joanna Mecca, MD; Mary Harris, MD
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Mount Sinai Beth Israel, New York, NY


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):868A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.968
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SESSION TITLE: Airways 4

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: COPD affects approximately 5% of adults in the US, ranking 3rd in all-cause mortality and responsible for almost 700,000 hospital admissions annually. Since its inclusion to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, there has been a renewed interest in identifying novel strategies to prevent readmissions nation-wide. While newer approaches continue to be explored, displaying proper inhaler technique and basic disease understanding remain at the foundation of effective self-management of COPD, yet is likely lacking in this patient population.

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