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A Healthier Future: A Strategic Framework for Respiratory Conditions


Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)

Subject Keywords: Framework for the prevention of respiratory disease
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Chronic Airflow Obstruction (CAO)
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Policy
Policies, Strategies & Action plans
Type: Guideline
Region: Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland in 2002-03, there were almost 30,000 admissions to hospital for respiratory conditions utilizing over 180,000 bed days and costing almost £50m. Social security support for people with long term chest and breathing problems amounts to £26m annually. This framework sets out how with better prevention and self management a reduction in ill health and a contribute to a reduction in avoidable deaths can be achieved. And with better co-ordinated and integrated services more consistent and effective care for those people unfortunate enough to suffer from serious disease can be provided. This in turn will enable services to better respond to the increasing needs of a more elderly population. The document contains a number of recommendations. These include significant service re-organisation and re-design so that the whole system – the primary, community and hospital sectors, provides for a more responsive and effective service to users and carers. This should result in much more of the overall caseload being proactively managed in community and primary care environments allowing scarce hospital capacity to be devoted to the most critical cases. This includes the development of new ways of caring for at risk patients, more effective rehabilitation in the community, improved education and training of professionals and better communication across the community and hospital sectors.





Rights: © Crown Copyright
Suggested citation:

Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). (2006) A Healthier Future: A Strategic Framework for Respiratory Conditions [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 16th July 2019].


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