A mixed method study to compare use and experience of hospital care and a nurse-led acute respiratory assessment service offering home care to people with an acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Irene Schofield, Christina Knussen, Debbie Tolson

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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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2006



  • patient satisfaction
  • outreach care
  • nursing
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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