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

Authors Li M, Hu R, Liu X, Tao S, Rong B

Received 12 June 2018

Accepted for publication 6 October 2018

Published 14 December 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 4005—4013

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S177038

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Cristina Weinberg

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Editor who approved publication: Prof. Dr. Chunxue Bai


Min Li,1 Rong Hu,2 Xiaoyang Liu,3 Shuping Tao,4 Biaoxue Rong1,5

1Department of Respiratory Medicine, Shenmu Hospital, Shenmu, Shaanxi, China; 2Department of Nursing, Shenmu Hospital, Shenmu, Shaanxi, China; 3Department of Surgery, Shenmu Hospital, Shenmu, Shaanxi, China; 4Department of Respiratory Medicine, Gansu Provincial Hospital, Lanzhou, Gansu, China; 5Department of Respiratory Medicine, First Affiliated Hospital, Xi’an Medical University, Xi’an, Shaanxi China

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: extended care, COPD, disease control

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