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Pathways to Lung Health was a collaborative research project run through the Menzies Research Institute of the University of Tasmania. It was lead by a multidisciplinary team of researchers in general practice and respiratory medicine from the Menzies Research Institute and the Schools of Nursing & Midwifery, Information Systems and Psychology. The project was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council and commenced in 2008 with completion of the active invervention phase in December 2010. Patients were recruited in general practices throughout Tasmania.

The project aimed to improve the quality of life for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in the community. It built on previous research initiated with the Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania which led to the development of a new model for COPD care.

The model involves health-coaching and mentoring by trained nurses (practice nurses and community health nurses) using regular telephone contact to increase understanding and self-efficacy in patients with COPD to adopt and achieve healthy behaviours. This model is highly patient-centred and also includes the innovative use of information technology.