COPD disease management very effective

By  |  November 12, 2010 | 

In this large trial of severe COPD patients across 5 VA sites, a simple management program (consisting of 1 hour of education, an action plan for exacerbations, and monthly case management calls) significantly reduced COPD hospitalizations/ED visits (0.82 per patient in the control group versus 0.42 in the intervention group). The intervention group also had significant reductions in all cause hospitalizations (by 28%) and all cause ED visits (by 27%). A simple disease management program for COPD significantly reduces resource utilization (abstract)

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Danielle Scheurer
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.


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