Integrated care prevents hospitalisations for exacerbations in COPD patients.

@article{Casas2006IntegratedCP,
  title={Integrated care prevents hospitalisations for exacerbations in COPD patients.},
  author={Alejandro Casas and Thierry Troosters and Judith Garcia-Aymerich and Josep Roca and Carme Hern{\'a}ndez and Albert Alonso and Francisco del Pozo and Paula S De Toledo and Josep M Ant{\'o} and Roberto Rodr{\'i}guez-Rois{\'i}n and Marc Decramer},
  journal={The European respiratory journal},
  year={2006},
  volume={28 1},
  pages={123-30}
}
Hospital admissions due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations have a major impact on the disease evolution and costs. The current authors postulated that a simple and well-standardised, low-intensity integrated care intervention can be effective to prevent such hospitalisations. Therefore, 155 exacerbated COPD patients (17% females) were recruited after hospital discharge from centres in Barcelona (Spain) and Leuven (Belgium). They were randomly assigned to either… CONTINUE READING
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