PEer-Led o2 Info-line for patients and CAregivers (PELICAN)

The PELICAN study tests whether an O2 infoline for patients and caregivers will increase supplemental oxygen adherence and improve health in people with COPD.

The problem

There are 3 interventions that save lives in people with COPD…

  1. Supplemental oxygen for resting hypoxemia
  2. Intensive smoking cessation interventions
  3. Non-invasive ventilation for COPD exacerbations

…but adherence to supplemental oxygen can be low.

  • “I’m embarrassed to use my oxygen tank.”
  • “I don’t think it works—I still get short of breath.”
  • “The doctor sends you home on O2, you don’t know you’ll be on it the rest of your life.”

Study Design

PELICAN is testing a care model that combines written self-management education materials and peer coaching phone sessions from the COPD InfoLine.

Over 500 adult patients with a diagnosis of COPD and a prescription for home oxygen were randomized to one of three self-management groups–Proactive PELICAN, Reactive PELICAN, or usual care.

Participant Snapshot

PELICAN enrolled over 500 participants with a diagnosis of COPD and a prescription for home oxygen.

  • Over half of participants were more than 60 years old. Over 80% had used supplemental oxygen for at least 12 months.
  • Nearly all patients used a stationary oxygen concentrator plus at least one other piece of oxygen equipment to use outside the home. Oxygen tanks and portable oxygen concentrators were the two most common pieces of oxygen equipment.
  • About half of the participants had been hospitalized in the past 12 months.


Coming soon: findings

 The PELICAN team is hard at work analyzing information collected during the study.

Results are expected to be available in the first half of 2017.

Medical + Scientific Team

Richard Casaburi

LA BioMed Research Institute / Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Scott Cerretta

COPD Foundation

Kristen Holm

National Jewish Health

Jerry Krishnan

University of Illinois at Chicago

Janos Porszasz

LA BioMed Research Institute / Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Valentin Prieto-

University of Illinois at Chicago

Robert Sandhaus

AlphaNet, Inc.

Jamie Sullivan

COPD Foundation

University of Illinois at Chicago Study Staff

Jennifer Buenrostro Nina Bracken Crystal Cannon
Jan Cotton Jessica Dudley Alexander Frye
Vanessa Gonzalez Maciej Grabarek Sai Dheeraj Illendula
Jerry Krishnan John Linnell Kyle Maggio
Lourdes Norwick

COPD Foundation InfoLine Associates + Leadership

Karen Anzalone Pam DeNardo Tim Deuby
Ken Ellis Shelia Favazza Marilyn Hyatt
Shirley Lawson Linda Mullin Sal Puccio
Dugan Reed Jamie Sullivan John Walsh
Linda Walsh

External Advising Committee

Joel J. Africk

Respiratory Health Association

Rino Aldrighetti

Pulmonary Hypertension Association

Linda Arnold


Teresa Barnes

Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Helen Nichols


Thomas Kallstrom

American Association for Respiratory Care

Joseph Lewarski

Drive Medical-DeVilbiss Healthcare

Joseph Morrison


Jim Nelson