You put so much time and effort into ensuring your patients receive the best possible COPD care. However, once they’re discharged, long-term outcomes often rest in the hands of the patients themselves. Family and friends can play a crucial role in keeping COPD patients on track, but not every patient has that kind of support system. Even when they do, there’s no guarantee the people around the patient have been educated enough to help steer the patient in the right direction.
Community health workers (CHWs) can be the solution you’ve been missing. They serve as cost-effective extensions of the inpatient care team, helping to educate patients and their families and periodically checking in with a watchful eye to make sure things are going smoothly.