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Home based COPD care of limited value

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 26 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:b

Home based care for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease after discharge from hospital improves patients' knowledge and some aspects of quality of life, but fails to engage general practitioners adequately or to prevent patients' readmissions to hospital. Hermiz and colleagues (p 938) suggest that additional interventions or interventions earlier in the disease process may be required to reduce hospitalisations.

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