Rural Guide to Improving Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Care (COPD)

A policy brief issued last year by the University of Minnesota reported that while the COPD prevalence rate is higher for individuals living in rural areas,  Critical Access Hospitals are less likely to employ any respiratory therapists.  With support from HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the National Rural Health Resource Center created this guide to help rural hospitals and clinics identify areas for improvement with diagnosis, treatment, and long-term care of COPD patients. The guide is developed as part of the COPD National Action Plan, with the goal of developing resources for improving the lives of patients living with COPD in rural communities.  Click here to access the full brief.