[Better at home: a continuous health care program for patients with advanced chronic respiratory disease]

Arch Bronconeumol. 1998 Dec;34(11):541-6. doi: 10.1016/s0300-2896(15)30336-7.
[Article in Spanish]

Abstract

The objective of this study was to analyze the effect of continuous health care on the frequency of readmissions of patients with advanced chronic respiratory disease. The study was prospective, enrolling 26 patients (16 with COPD, 7 with bronchiectasis and 3 with pachypleuritis) who had been admitted at least 3 times within the past year. The patients were assigned to 3 groups: group A was the ambulatory monitoring group, with 8 patients who were able to travel to the hospital for monthly outpatient checkups; group B was the ambulatory pulmonary rehabilitation group, with 10 patients who were able to travel to the hospital and who needed rebreathing training (one weekly group session); and group C was the home care group, with 8 patients who were unable to travel to the hospital and who received weekly or biweekly house calls. All patients had telephone contact with the program team. Mean lung function values for the whole population were FVC 40 (11)%, FEV1 23 (7)% of reference, PaO2 55 (7) and PaCO2 55 (10) mmHg. A significant decrease in number of admissions (79 versus 18, p < 0.0001) was observed in both the first and second halves of the year in all three treatment groups: A, 25 to 2; B, 28 to 8; and C, 26 to 8 (p < 0.001). The reduction in health care costs over the previous year's expenditure was calculated to be 22,751,402 pesetas. We conclude that specialized health care that is continuous and personalized reduces the number of hospital readmissions of patients with advanced chronic respiratory disease. Moreover, the overall cost of care, without the need to make house calls to all patients.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Female
  • Home Care Services*
  • Humans
  • Lung Diseases, Obstructive / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies