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Self-management programme of activity coping and education (SPACE FOR COPD study)

A self-management programme of activity coping and education – SPACE FOR COPD – in primary care: pragmatic trial

What we are doing:

We are evaluating the effectiveness of delivering the SPACE for COPD self- management programme manual to small groups of people based in community settings. The manual has been shown to work when delivered by a member of the research team to people on a one-to-one basis. We are now trying to find out if healthcare professionals based in the community can effectively deliver the programme to small groups and achieve improvements comparable to those shown in the one-to-one sessions.

Why are we doing it:

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death worldwide and is associated with considerable disability, poor quality of life and high use of healthcare. Managing the day-to-day symptoms of the disease can be complex and requires a broad range of knowledge, skills and often behavioural changes. Central to COPD self-management includes adherence to medication, exercise, breathing techniques, early recognition of exacerbation symptoms and stress management. SPACE for COPD is a supported self- management programme, which provides people with an opportunity to increase their knowledge and confidence in enacting these skills throughout their daily lives.

What the benefits will be:

If SPACE for COPD can be shown to work it has the potential to be rolled out across the East Midlands and further afield. It will provide more choice for patients in how they can be supported to manage their condition, improve patient care and have the potential to reduce healthcare utilisation with associated cost savings.

Who we are working with:

We will be working closely with GP practices in Leicester City, Leicestershire and Rutland and others across the East Midlands, including:

  • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG
  • West Leicestershire CCG
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Leicester City CCG

Study lead:

Professor Sally Singh, Professor of Pulmonary and Cardiac Rehabilitation, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Contact:

Professor Sally Singh, sally.singh@uhl-tr.nhs.uk