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Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2018 Dec 14;13:4005-4013. doi: 10.2147/COPD.S177038. eCollection 2018.

Post-discharge extended care contributes to the disease control of patients with COPD: a Chinese study.

Li M1, Hu R2, Liu X3, Tao S4, Rong B1,5.

Author information

1
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Shenmu Hospital, Shenmu, Shaanxi, China, research568rbx@yeah.net.
2
Department of Nursing, Shenmu Hospital, Shenmu, Shaanxi, China.
3
Department of Surgery, Shenmu Hospital, Shenmu, Shaanxi, China.
4
Department of Respiratory Medicine, Gansu Provincial Hospital, Lanzhou, Gansu, China.
5
Department of Respiratory Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital, Xi'an Medical University, Xi'an, Shaanxi China, research568rbx@yeah.net.

Abstract

Background:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of extended care in patients with COPD.

Patients and methods:

A total of 140 patients with GOLD-2 to -4 of COPD were included in final analysis. The care efficacy was evaluated by the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12), pulmonary function test and blood gas analysis.

Results:

The extended care improved the activity ability of COPD patients, relieved the clinical symptoms as well as reduced the impact degree of COPD to daily life (P<0.05). In addition, the extended care improved the mental health condition of patients with COPD compared with usual care (P<0.05). Moreover, the extended care improved the ventilation function of COPD patients, reduced the acute exacerbation rate and improved the blood gas levels compared with the usual care (P<0.05).

Conclusion:

The extended care improves the quality of life, respiratory function and the mental health condition of patients with COPD after discharge, indicating that it contributes to the disease control of patients with COPD.

KEYWORDS:

COPD; disease control; extended care

PMID:
30587956
PMCID:
PMC6300378
DOI:
10.2147/COPD.S177038
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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