Chronic care management for patients with COPD: a critical review of available evidence.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

Journal of evaluation in clinical practice, Volume 19, Issue 5, p.734-52 (2013)

Keywords:

Disease Management, Hospitalization, Humans, Long-Term Care, Meta-Analysis as Topic, Mortality, Outcome Assessment (Health Care), Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive, Quality Improvement, Quality of Life, Treatment Outcome

Abstract:

Clinical diversity and methodological heterogeneity exists between studies on chronic care management. This study aimed to examine the effectiveness of chronic care management in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) while taking heterogeneity into account, enabling the understanding of and the decision making about such programmes. Three investigated sources of heterogeneity were study quality, length of follow-up, and number of intervention components.