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What is a patient group direction?

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Wat D et al (2014) Reducing admissions with patient group directions. Nursing Times; 110: 16, 18-20.

In times of financial restrictions and reform impediments, health services need to invest in resources that provide value for money and reduce hospital admissions. Improving disease management in the community is a primary target for those trying to reduce costs.

The second most common cause of emergency admissions to hospital is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and it has been suggested that more effective treatments and better management of the condition would likely result in an estimated 5% fewer admissions to hospital, saving around £15.5m each year. This article discusses how savings could be made by improving care provided in the community.


Let’s discuss…

  • After reading this article, could you explain the advantages of using PGDs to supply medicines to patients who have had an exacerbation of COPD?
  • Do you think PGDs help to provide a more responsive service to patients?
  • Would non-medical prescribers be able to provide the same service?
  • What are the disadvantages of PGDs?


For more information about COPD visit our respiratory section.

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