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The Potential Costs and Benefits of COPD Support Groups and Motivational Interviewing

Wurst, Megan E. (2022) The Potential Costs and Benefits of COPD Support Groups and Motivational Interviewing. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Public health institutions have come a long way in working to eliminate disease, but one that is still threatening the United States (U.S.) health care system is chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). COPD is the third highest cause of death globally, which leaves the medical and economic burden at an all-time high. There is a severe delay in diagnosis and treatment, which causes an underutilization of preventative care services. COPD care management is below the standard of quality care, which ultimately causes insufficient outcomes for patients and providers. This information alone is of high public health relevance, and is enough to call for a reform in the COPD treatment care path. Preventative care technique’s ability to be cost effective and their ability to improve overall patient outcomes in COPD patients will be examined thoroughly. The primary aim of this essay is to discuss the potential costs and benefits of including COPD support groups and motivational interviewing (MI) into a regular part of the COPD care pathway. Including these preventative measures into the COPD care pathway is the goal of this research in order to reduce readmissions and improve overall quality of life. Based on this research, the author will advocate to utilize these techniques in a prevention program.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Wurst, Megan E.mew202@pitt.edumew2020000-0003-1206-9139
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis advisorDegenholtz, Howard B.howard.degenholtz@pitt.eduhoward.degenholtzUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Martha A.materry@pitt.edumaterryUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberDysert, Karenkaren.dysert@ahn.orgUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberClark, Kristopherclarkkp@upmc.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 16 May 2022
Date Type: Completion
Submission Date: 15 April 2022
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 76
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: COPD Support Group Motivational Interviewing Prevention
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 19:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2022 19:48


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