Intersection of health systems and pulmonary medicine
Collective Conversations is a series of discussions aimed at highlighting people and groups working to improve health through better health care systems.
Dr. Kevin Duan, acting instructor (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) joined Collective Conversations to discuss the intersection of health systems and pulmonary medicine.
He is currently working on a project focused on the appropriate use of in-home oxygen for Veterans with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a smoking-related lung disease that affects upward of 15-20 million Americans.
"We want to make sure when patients are receiving home oxygen therapy, that we are making sure it’s appropriate – that we are not exposing patients to the risk of home oxygen and making sure that the right people are benefitting from this therapy."
He also believes other areas of the health system can be optimized to improve the care of patients with chronic respiratory diseases like COPD, such as telehealth.
Kevin Duan, MD, MS, received his medical degree from the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and a Master of Science in Health Services from the University of Washington School of Public Health. He completed internal medicine residency and a chief resident year at the University of California, San Francisco, followed by pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Washington. He is a health services researcher, studying how health systems and policies can be optimized to improve respiratory health and value for patients with COPD.