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Thorax. Oct 2003; 58(10): 867–871.
PMCID: PMC1746494

Domiciliary non-invasive ventilation for recurrent acidotic exacerbations of COPD: an economic analysis

Abstract

Methods: A cost and consequences analysis of domiciliary NIV based on a before and after case note audit was performed in patients with recurrent acidotic exacerbations of COPD who tolerated and responded well to NIV. The primary outcome measure was the total cost incurred per patient per year from the perspective of the acute hospital. Effectiveness outcomes were total days in hospital and in intensive care.

Results: Thirteen patients were identified. Provision of a home NIV service resulted in a mean (95% CI) saving of £8254 (£4013 to £12 495) (€11 720; €5698 to €17 743) per patient per year. Total days in hospital fell from a mean (SD) of 78 (51) to 25 (25) (p=0.004), number of admissions from 5 (3) to 2 (2) (p=0.007), and ICU days fell from a total of 25 to 4 (p=0.24). Outpatient visits fell from a mean of 5 (3) to 4 (2) (p=0.14).

Conclusions: This study suggests that domiciliary NIV for a highly selected group of COPD patients with recurrent admissions requiring NIV is effective at reducing admissions and minimises costs from the perspective of the acute hospital. Such evidence is important in obtaining financial support for providing such a service.

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