Purpose of review: This review discusses the role of the primary care physician in the care of the patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and considers how an integrated chronic care model can be applied.
Recent findings: Evidence suggests that a multidisciplinary approach can be successfully applied to a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patient. These interventions can lead to improvement in quality of life and reduced healthcare utilization.
Summary: An integrated care program for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to assist the primary care provider should include the elements of the chronic care model. The support of a community-based outreach nurse, allied health staff, rehabilitation services and a case manager can assure best practices and identify gaps in quality care.