Hospital-at-home for COPD exacerbations : evaluation of a community-based early assisted discharge scheme

C.M.A. Utens

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COPD is a lung condition with temporary exacerbations that lead to hospitalization in 20% of the cases. To limit the unfavourable effects of these hospitalizations for both patients and society, studies were carried out to investigate if part of the treatment can take place at home with home care support. This research shows that both short-term and long-term there are no differences in health outcomes for the patient and also the costs are the same. Many patients, in fact, prefer to be treated at home over hospitalization. Patients should therefore be allowed to choose whether they want to be treated in the hospital of undergo part of their treatment at home.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • van Schayck, Constant, Supervisor
  • Rutten-van Mölken, M.P.M.H., Supervisor, External person
  • Smeenk, Frank, Co-Supervisor
Award date31 Oct 2012
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461591678
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • COPD exacerbation
  • hospital care
  • home care

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