UOW’s Prof Elizabeth Halcomb, Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh, and Prof Marijka Batterham in collaboration with researchers from Bond University have been successful in receiving a Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Primary Health Care Research Grant worth $977,628.15.

The study will rigorously test a self-management support intervention delivered primarily by general practice nurses for people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and multimorbidity.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a common lung disease that can progress to disability and death. COPD frequently occurs in the context of other long-term conditions (multimorbidity). In studies involving patients with moderate to severe COPD recruited from hospitals, self-management interventions have been shown to improve quality of life and reduce hospitalisations, however there is a lack of effective programs in primary healthcare.

The team’s research to date has found that people with less severe COPD and other chronic conditions have difficulty recognising the importance of their condition and do not give it high priority.

The study will evaluate whether this innovative intervention is effective in improving quality of life, decreasing COPD exacerbations and increasing patient knowledge of COPD. The trial will also examine the adoption of the intervention from the perspectives of participating GPs and patients.

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