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Retrospective Assessment of Home Ventilation to Reduce Rehospitalization in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Resource Type: Research Papers

This is a retrospective study of patients who were part of a program incorporating noninvasive ventilation, medication reconciliation, oxygen and follow-up home-based respiratory therapy. Included were 397 patients who were hospitalized a minimum of twice in a single year for COPD exacerbations. The authors cite statistically significant declines in rehospitalization rates for those completing the intervention.

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Coughlin S, Liang WE, Parthasarathy S. Retrospective assessment of home ventilation to reduce rehospitalization in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. J Clin Sleep Med. 2015;11(6):663–670. Accessed March 30, 2020.

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