A pilot study of a case management program for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

J Nurs Res. 2007 Jun;15(2):89-98. doi: 10.1097/01.jnr.0000387603.63026.87.


The purpose of this study was to develop a case management program for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to test the effects of the developed program on patient length of stay in the hospital, medical costs, disease knowledge and level of satisfaction with nursing care received. This quasi-experimental study focused on a group of 50 COPD patients (24 in the control group and 26 in the experimental one), all treated in one hospital medical ward in northern Taiwan. The control group received routine care, while those in the experimental group received a COPD case management protocol. Data for the control group was collected between September of 2003 and January 2004. Data for the experimental group was collected between April and December 2004. Data collection instruments included medical records, the COPD Knowledge Measurement scale, and the Patient Satisfaction with Nursing Care Questionnaire. Descriptive and inferential statistical analyses were applied to describe demographics, length of stay, medical cost, patient disease-related knowledge, and patient satisfaction with nursing care. Results indicated that, while the study found no significant difference in length of stay and medical cost between the two groups, the use of case management procedures improved patient disease-related knowledge and satisfaction with nursing care. This conclusion supports the premise that case management improves patient care in these two dimensions and is, thus, an effective approach in the management of patients diagnosed with secondary COPD infections.

Publication types

  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Awareness
  • Case Management*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cost of Illness
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Pilot Projects
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / nursing
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires