December 2001
Thorax;Dec2001 Supp, Vol. 56, piii10
Academic Journal
This article focuses on home support for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to a study domiciliary non-invasive ventilation for severe COPD has been associated with reduced admission rates and general practitioner visits, and improved exercise capacity and quality of life. Retrospective case note audit of all patients commenced on home ventilation for recurrent admissions with acidotic exacerbations of COPD over 7 years. According to another study all patients in the domiciliary arm and 59.3% of those in the conventional arm would, in retrospect, have preferred HaH care.


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