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Reducing the Readmission Burden of COPD: A Focused Review of Recent Interventions

Resource Type: Research Papers

This review article analyzed 107 research studies published from 2010 to 2014 to identify trends in patient risk factors and determine the most effective interventions in longitudinal, acute and post-discharge care. Socioeconomic factors shown to be predictive of readmissions; combination inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)-long-acting beta-agonist (LABA), ipratropium/tiotropium, antibiotic and corticosteroid therapies; care coordination; emergency department care; pulmonary rehabilitation; medication reconciliation; telehealth; nurse-led programs and integrated care programs are all discussed.

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Irani AP, Hicks LS. Reducing the Readmission Burden of COPD: A Focused Review of Recent Interventions. Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports. September 2014; 2(3). DOI: 10.1007/s40138-014-0050-x. Accessed March 18, 2020.

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  • A great article indentifying current summary of studies around Readmission interventions. A good foundation. Are any of these working for your organization?