Over the past 10 years hospital at home schemes for the treatment of an acute exacerbation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease have proliferated throughout developed countries. For selected patients treatment at home is no less advantageous in terms of readmission rates and length of stay than treatment in hospital. Although care at home might seem to be a more desirable option than admission to hospital, little is known about care preferences and how people exercise service choice. Objectives were: 1. To determine patients’ recent use of and satisfaction with health care services during exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 2. To determine and compare patients’ and families’ perceived future care preferences. 3. To complete an in-depth exploration of care experiences and preferences with a subset of respondents and their families.
- patient satisfaction
- outreach care
- chronic obstructive pulmonary disease