Friday, 11 August 2017

Can a supported self-management program for COPD upon hospital discharge reduce readmissions? A randomized controlled trial

Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2016 Jun 2;11:1161-9. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S91253. eCollection 2016.

Patients with COPD experience exacerbations that may require hospitalization. Patients do not always feel supported upon discharge and frequently get readmitted. A Self-management Program of Activity, Coping, and Education for COPD (SPACE for COPD), a brief self-management program, may help address this issue.

SPACE for COPD did not reduce readmission rates at 3 months above that of usual care. However, encouraging results were seen in secondary outcomes for those receiving the intervention. Importantly, SPACE for COPD appears to be safe and may help prevent readmission with 30 days.

UHCW Research: C. Gelder, V. Johnson-Warrington