Keep the whole patient in mind


Krystal Craddock, COPD case manager at UC Davis, discusses the importance of taking a holistic approach when caring for patients with COPD. She explains, “We’re starting to see more collaboration between COPD care teams and those from other departments and disease states. It’s important that every comorbid condition be addressed, of course, but we also want to remember to see the whole patient.” Craddock insists that she is fortunate her role on the care team as educator enables her to spend time with the patient. “I believe that if we can provide effective care, stay focused on the patient, and empathize with this population, decreasing readmission rates will follow.”