Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Palliation of symptoms associated with pulmonary conditions; promotion of patient participation in symptom self-management

Palliation of symptoms associated with a number of pulmonary conditions; promotion of patient participation in symptom self-management across the spectrum of illness, from ICU admission to rehabilitation to home; requires a multi-disciplinary perspective and team.

 

There are a plethora of distressing symptoms (anxiety, shortness of breath, cough, fatigue, weakness) associated with a number of chronic pulmonary conditions, as well as in patients receiving mechanical ventilatory support in the ICU. These symptoms significantly impact admission to expensive acute care/critical care units.

Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? Critical Challenge (CC)

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Innovative symptom management strategies are needed that empower patients and their family members to engage in self-management strategies across the spectrum of illness from hospitalization through recovery.

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Longitudinal studies with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators are needed to address the varying needs of these patients and their family members over the course of recovery or transition to death in these patients. Interventions need to be cost-effective and prevent readmission to the critical care unit.

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