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      Elderly patients with COPD require more health care than elderly heart failure patients do in a hospital-based home care setting

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          Elderly patients with advanced stages of COPD or chronic heart failure (CHF) often require hospitalization due to exacerbations. We hypothesized that telemonitoring supported by hospital-based home care (HBHC) would detect exacerbations early, thus, reducing the number of hospitalization. We also speculated that patients with advanced COPD or CHF would present differences regarding exacerbation frequency and the need of HBHC.


          The Health Diary system, based on digital pen technology, was employed. Patients aged ≥65 years with ≥2 hospitalizations the previous year were included. Exacerbations were categorized and treated as either COPD or CHF exacerbation by an experienced physician. All HBHC contacts (home visits or telephone consultations) were registered.


          Ninety-four patients with advanced diseases were enrolled (36 COPD and 58 CHF subjects) of which 53 subjects (19 COPD and 34 CHF subjects) completed the 1-year study period. Death was the major reason for not finalizing the study. Compared to the 1-year prior inclusion, the intervention significantly reduced hospitalization. Although COPD subjects were younger with less comorbidity, exacerbations and HBHC contacts were significantly greater in this group.


          COPD subjects exhibit exacerbations more frequently, mainly due to disease characteristics, thus, demanding much more HBHC.

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              Remote in-home monitoring (RM) of symptoms and physiological variables may allow early detection and treatment of exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is unclear whether RM improves patient outcomes or healthcare resource utilization. This study determined whether RM is feasible in patients with COPD and if RM reduces hospital admissions or length of stay (LOS) or improves health-related quality of life (HRQOL).

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                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis
                International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
                16 July 2019
                : 14
                : 1569-1581
                [1 ]Respiratory Medicine, Department of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH), Linköping University , Linköping, Sweden
                [2 ]Research and Development Unit in Region Östergötland and Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University , Linköping, Sweden
                [3 ]Department of Biomedical Engineering/Health Informatics, Linköping University , Linköping, Sweden
                [4 ]Rise Research Institutes of Sweden Ab/Division Ict Sics East, Linköping University , Linköping, Sweden
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                Correspondence: Hans Lennart PerssonDepartment of Medical and Health Sciences (IMH), Linköping University , SE-581 85, Linköping, SwedenTel +46 10 103 3621Email lennart.persson@
                © 2019 Persson et al.

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