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Dr. Lorraine Wallace Published in Family Medicine

The most recent edition of Family Medicine featured a multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary article entitled, “Clinical Utility of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Knowledge Questionnaire” [2013; 45(3):197-200].  Dr. Lorraine Wallace, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Director of Research, was a co-author. The study’s purpose was to further examine the clinical utility of the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Questionnaire (COPD-Q).  While the COPD-Q was known to be a valid, reliable, and low-literacy tool for assessing COPD-related knowledge in patients, it was felt that the utility of the COPD-Q needed more study particularly with patients who tended toward lower health literacy. The research determined that the COPD-Q was useful in identifying key knowledge deficits that can allow physicians to offer focused, individualized patient education and counseling.  This is important in that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) accounts for more that 15 million physician office visits each year in the United States.  Hence COPD is a leading annualized cause of morbidity and mortality.