Research Team at the Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital Wins International Chronic Disease Management Award



    VANCOUVER, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - A team with the Pacific Lung Health Centre,
part of the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital, was
awarded one of seven awards at the 2007 International Conference on Chronic
Disease Management held in Calgary earlier this month. The conference was
co-hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) through its regional
affiliate the Pan American Health Organization.
    The winning PRIISME(TM) project, led by Jane Burns, a physiotherapist and
PRIISME COPD Clinic Coordinator, and a distinguished team from the St. Paul's
Hospital (SPH) Respiratory Division, developed a comprehensive chronic disease
management program that includes hospital based and community programs. It
integrates the different steps of care for patients with chronic obstructive
lung disease (COPD), including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, drug
compliance and follow-up.
    Currently, there are multiple health-care professionals playing key roles
in helping patients with COPD manage their disease - such as providing care,
suggesting lifestyle changes and prescribing medicines. But patients often
experience confusion because they receive conflicting information and
direction.
    The program, known as PRIISME(TM) helps enable health-care professionals
to deliver more integrated and coordinated care to patients with COPD and
empower patients to take greater control of the management of their illness.
    "Our goal with PRIISME is to take our knowledge and resources within the
hospital directly into the community, reaching health-care professionals and
patients where COPD is most often managed," explains Burns.
    This is the first ever presentation of international awards for high
level achievement by organizations in chronic disease prevention and
management. Candidates for these awards underwent a rigorous review selection
process by a scientific panel. The scientific judging panel was particularly
impressed with the project's integration of specialty care into primary health
care.
    "They commended us on the way we have enabled primary health care teams
to deliver proactive, evidence-based care," said Burns.
    "The recognition that the Pacific Lung Health Centre and Providence Heart
and Lung Institute are leaders in the world of chronic disease management
demonstrates that what we are doing here at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver
is pushing the boundaries and achieving some very real results for the health
of the patients we serve," said Burns.

    About COPD

    COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and includes a few
lung diseases: the most common are chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many
people with COPD have both of these diseases. COPD is the fourth leading cause
of death in Canada, and incidence of the deadly lung disease continues to
climb. November 14, 2007 is World COPD Day.

    About the COPD PRIISME(TM) program at the Pacific Lung Health Centre

    The PRIISME COPD Program was started within the Pacific Lung Health
Centre, part of the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital
in Vancouver. Through partnership with health authorities, health centres,
community-based clinics, health care providers and GlaxoSmithKline, PRIISME
promotes an integrated approach to the optimal management of chronic disease
in the areas of asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and
diabetes. The goal for the Vancouver project was to establish a comprehensive
chronic disease management program for patients with COPD including
hospital-based and community based programs.

    About the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul's Hospital

    Launched in June 2007, the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at St.
Paul's Hospital merges and integrates all of Providence's heart and lung
research, education and care programs under one umbrella. Its mandate is to
transform cardiovascular and pulmonary research and care-transferring new care
solutions from the laboratory to the clinics and communities to improve the
lives of British Columbians.

    The Pacific Lung Health Centre (PLHC) is an academic clinical program of
the Respiratory Division, part of the Providence Heart and Lung Institute at
St. Paul's Hospital, dedicated to the care for patients with lung disease.





For further information:

For further information: Justin Karasick, Providence Health Care
Communications, Pager (604) 667-4397, Cell (604) 992-2503, Tel. (604)
806-8460

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