‘Have a CHAT’ initiative being piloted on the Gold Coast
THE 'Have a CHAT' initiative is being piloted in areas across the Gold Coast to help reduce the number of people who face hospitalisation from exacerbation of their Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. .
COPD is the second leading cause of preventable hospitalisation in Australia.
Each exacerbation (flare-up of symptoms) does long-term damage.
In people hospitalised for COPD, the risk of death may be greater than a heart attack. A delay of 24 hours or more in presentation for and initiation of treatment of an exacerbation doubles the chance of hospital admission.
'Have the CHAT' aims to encourage conversations between diagnosed local COPD patients and their GPs. 'CHAT' is an easy-to-remember acronym that helps patients and their carers to recognise the symptoms of an exacerbation, including: Coughing more than usual, Harder to breathe, Any change in sputum (phlegm) colour and/or volume, Tired more than usual (less active).
Locally, this initiative will involve providing GPs with a suite of dedicated tools and resources to help them manage exacerbating patients. Lung Foundation Australia has also been forming partnerships with local community groups and organisations.
Visit the campaign website at www.lungfoundation.com.au/have-the-chat.