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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive lung disease that can cause coughing wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD, however, up to 25 percent of people with the condition have never smoked. Long-term exposure to lung irritants—such as air pollution, chemical fumes, or dusts—also may contribute to COPD. A rare genetic condition called alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency can also cause the disease. For many Veterans, combat deployments exposed them to potentially toxic lung irritants, and VA conducts research to improve care for those Veterans coping with COPD.

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(5 of more than 272 COPD focused publications)

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Publication Briefs

(5 of more than 15 COPD focused publication briefs)

  • Lack of Awareness among VA Providers about Risk Associated with Prescribing Inhaled Corticosteroids to Veterans with COPD
    More than 50% of patients with mild-to-moderate COPD in the U.S. are prescribed inhaled corticosteroids despite recommendations to restrict use to patients with frequent breathing exacerbations. This study explored VA primary care providers’ experiences prescribing inhaled corticosteroids among Veterans with mild-to-moderate COPD. Of the Veterans with COPD in this study cohort, 15% were prescribed...
    Date: August 8, 2019
  • Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Reduces Suicidal Ideation among Veterans with Chronic Illness
    Brief cognitive behavioral therapy (bCBT) intervention delivered by VA mental health providers in primary care settings is effective for depression, anxiety, and improves physical health quality of life. Investigators in the current study determined the effect of bCBT on suicidal ideation among Veterans with cardiopulmonary chronic illness receiving mental health treatment in a VA primary care set...
    Date: February 8, 2019
  • Chronic Opioid Therapy Common among Hospitalized Veterans, Associated with Increased Risk of Death and Re-Admission
    This study sought to determine the prevalence of prior chronic opioid therapy (COT) among hospitalized medical patients, in addition to examining characteristics associated with inpatients that had previous opioid therapy compared to those with no opioid therapy prior to hospital admission. Findings showed that COT is common among hospitalized Veterans; moreover, occasional and chronic opioid use ...
    Date: December 6, 2013
  • Adoption of PACT Features is Significantly Associated with Lower Risk of Avoidable Hospitalization
    The primary outcome measured in this study was potentially avoidable hospitalizations for ambulatory care sensitive conditions (ACSC) that included: asthma, angina without procedure, pneumonia, dehydration, COPD, congestive heart failure, complications related to diabetes, hypertension, perforated appendix, and urinary tract infection. In addition, the total number and costs of ACSC hospitalizati...
    Date: March 26, 2013
  • Decreases in VA Hospital Length-of-Stay and Readmission Rates over 14 Years
    This study sought to determine trends in hospital length of stay (LOS) and 30-day readmission rates in the VA healthcare system. Findings showed that VA hospitals demonstrated simultaneous improvements in hospital LOS and readmission rates from 1997 to 2010. This demonstrates that LOS reductions have not, thus far, adversely affected the likelihood of hospital readmission. For all medical diagnos...
    Date: December 18, 2012

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( 5 of more than 50 COPD focused projects )

Project No.  Title  PI  Funding Start   
CDA 19-081 Electronic Proactive Outreach for Smokers with COPD: Engaging patients to quit Melzer, Anne 2020-08-01
CDA 16-158 Improving Multi-Disciplinary Teamwork for Veterans with COPD: Mixed Methods Study Rinne, Seppo 2019-01-01
IIR 17-263 post-REcovery LIbEration From Oxygen in Exacerbated COPD (RELIEF) Feemster, Laura 2018-07-01
IIR 14-346 Palliative Care to Improve Quality of Life in CHF and COPD Bekelman, David 2016-07-01
IIR 14-060 Understanding Patient Management of COPD Exacerbations Fan, Vincent 2016-05-01

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HSR&D Briefs, Reports, Newsletters

5 sample "COPD" publications displayed.

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    ...chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dehydration, urinary tract infection...also were reported for osteoarthritis, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

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    Systematic Review Excerpt: 17 Asthma, .COPD Review Excerpt: 17 Asthma, .COPD

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    Systematic Review Excerpt: 17 Asthma, .COPD Review Excerpt: 17 Asthma, .COPD

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    Health Administration Excerpt: measures COPD Prieto-Centurion, 201424 1966-2013 5...studies total) Patients hospitalized for COPD within the previous 12 month. https://www

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The most recent "COPD" seminars are displayed.

Date Title Presenter(s)
7/9/2018 Phenotyping Physiologic Measurement of Lung Function in the VA EHR Using Automated Tools Akgün, Kathleen  
12/7/2017 De-implementing inhaled corticosteroids to improve quality and safety for patients with mild-to-moderate COPD: Mixed-methods findings of primary-care providers’ perspectives Helfrich, Christian  
Stryczek, Krysttel  
METRIC IV Overview of "Development, Validity and Responsiveness of Clinical COPD Questionnaire” Teal, Cayla  

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Other Resources

  • The VA and DoD agree on a common set of practice guidelines for a specific group of health conditions, including COPD. Learn more about those guidelines here.
  • Learn more about research on the relationship between exposure to dioxin and COPD.
  • Access the Veterans Health Library to find out more information about COPD or other health conditions.

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