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An Evaluation of Shared Medical Appointments (SMAs) to improve self-management in COPD

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dapo Ogunbayo, Dr Siân Russell


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A shared medical appointment (SMA) model or 'Plus Appointment' for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was developed to promote and embed self-management support and planning between healthcare practitioners (HCPs) and COPD patients. The purpose is to improve healthcare outcomes (e.g. improved COPD symptom management, improved health-related quality of life) and optimise healthcare utilisation (e.g. reduce unnecessary attendances at A&E). The intervention was underpinned by findings from previous work that identified barriers and facilitators to self-management of COPD, and generated ideas and solutions to address these barriers. The SMA intervention is currently being implemented and evaluated and early findings indicate some promise although there are practical and logistical challenges that will need to be addressed.

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Author(s): Ogunbayo O, Russell S

Publication type: Note

Publication status: Published

Journal: Academic Health and Science Network: North East and North Cumbria

Year: 2017

Online publication date: 01/12/2017

Acceptance date: 29/04/2016