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Action plans for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Turnock, AC and Walters, EH and Walters, JAE and Wood-Baker, R, Action plans for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease , Cochrane Database Systemic Review, 2005, (4) pp. CD005074. ISSN 1469-493X (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1002/14651858.CD005074.pub2


BACKGROUND: The effectiveness of action plans as treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not known. OBJECTIVES: To assess the efficacy of action plans in the management of COPD. SEARCH STRATEGY: We searched the Cochrane Airways Group Specialised Register, CENTRAL, MEDLINE, CINAHL and the National Research Register of Ongoing Trials. We also searched reference lists of identified studies. The search was completed in August 2004. SELECTION CRITERIA: Randomised controlled trials of action plans in COPD. Studies with a primary diagnosis of asthma excluded. DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: Two reviewers independently assessed trial quality and extracted data. Investigators were contacted for additional information when necessary. Study results were combined in meta-analyses using the Cochrane Collaboration software RevMan. MAIN RESULTS: There was evidence of a positive effect of action plans on self-management knowledge. The mean difference (MD) for recognition of a severe exacerbation was 2.50; 95% confidence interval 1.04 to 3.96, for self-action in severe exacerbations MD 1.50; 95% confidence interval 0.62 to 2.38 and the use of antibiotics MD 6.00; 95% confidence interval 2.68 to 9.32. There was also evidence of a positive effect on the initiation of antibiotics (odds ratio (OR) 10.16; 95% confidence interval 2.02 to 51.09) and/or oral steroids (OR 6.58; 95% confidence interval 1.29 to 33.62). However, there was no evidence of significant effects on healthcare utilisation, health-related quality of life, lung function, functional capacity, symptom scores, mortality, anxiety, or depression. No trials used as outcomes: number of exacerbations, length of exacerbations, or days lost from work. AUTHORS' CONCLUSIONS: This review shows there is evidence that action plans aid people with COPD in recognising and reacting appropriately to an exacerbation of their symptoms via the self-initiation of antibiotics or steroids. Further research needs to be completed with more comprehensive outcomes measures in order to ascertain whether this results in significantly decreased morbidity and/or mortality.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Respiratory diseases
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Turnock, AC (Dr Allison Turnock)
UTAS Author:Walters, EH (Professor Haydn Walters)
UTAS Author:Walters, JAE (Dr Julia Walters)
UTAS Author:Wood-Baker, R (Professor Richard Wood-Baker)
ID Code:37206
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:61
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2013-01-16

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