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Evidence to Improve Care

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Care in the Community for Adults

This quality standard addresses care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including the assessment of people who may have COPD. It provides guidance on the diagnosis, management, and treatment of COPD in community-based settings. The scope of this quality standard applies to primary care, specialist care, home care, and long-term care.

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The two guides below are in draft form. Please check back here in a few months for the finalized guides and for a variety of other resources related to this standard.

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Quality Standard

Know what quality care looks like, based on evidence and expert consensus


The clinical guide cover

Patient Reference Guide

If you have COPD: know what to ask for in your care


Patient reference guide cover

The work on this quality standard started in December 2016.

Public feedback phase: November 2017

Health Quality Ontario thanks the following individuals for their generous, voluntary contributions of time and expertise to help create this quality standard:

Alan Kaplan (Co-Chair)
Family Physician,
Airways Group of Canada

Roger Goldstein (Co-chair)
Professor, Medicine and Physical Therapy, University of Toronto,
Head Respiratory Services Respirologist, West Park Healthcare Centre

Andrea S. Gershon
Senior Scientist, Sunnybrook Research Institute and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences,
Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Respirologist, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Anthony D'Urzo
Associate Professor,
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto

Christina Dolgowicz
Respiratory therapist, Certified Respiratory Educator
Lung Health Coordinator, Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services

Craig O'Brien
Nurse Practitioner,
Lakelands Family Health Team

Diana Noel
Executive Director,
Village Family Health Team

Evelyn Sparks
Lived Experience Advisor

Geneviève Digby
Assistant Professor,
Department of Medicine, Division of Respirology, Queen's University

Jason Michael Bartell
Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Lead,
Chatham Kent Family Health Team

Jennie Cruickshank
Attending Nurse Practitioner,
Saugeen Valley Nursing Centre

Jennifer Zufelt
Respiratory Educator,
Group Health Centre

Joseph R. Pellizzari
Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health & Addiction Program, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University

Kenneth Hook
Tavistock site, STAR Family Health Team

Kieran McIntyre
Staff Physician,
St. Michaels Hospital

Kim Grootveld
Clinical Leader Manager,
General Internal Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital

Lawrence Jackson
Clinical Coordinator,
Pharmacy Department, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centreal

Loretta G. McCormick
Nurse Practitioner,
COPD Clinic, Cambridge Memorial Hospital

Lynda Woon
Respiratory Services,
West Park Health Care Centre (retired)

Micheline Hatfield
Lived Experience Advisor

Sherri McRobert
Telehomecare and Connecting Care to Home, South West Local Health Integration Network

Stewart O. Pugsley
Head of Service, Respiratory Rehabilitation,
St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, McMaster University

Susan Johnson
Lived Experience Advisor

Wendy L. Laframboise
Nurse Practitioner, Certified Respiratory Educator, COPD Outreach Program Lead, The Ottawa Hospital

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