Around one in five patients hospitalized with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are readmitted within 30 days of their discharge, creating an ongoing burden for themselves, caregivers, and the healthcare system. The BREATHE program provides a combination of tailored support and COPD self-management to help patients transition from hospital to home. This study found that BREATHE helped patients improve their quality of life and avoid rehospitalization better than standard discharge education and care.
The program also resulted in better health outcomes six months after discharge. Because the study was conducted in only one health system, further testing is needed to determine if it works as well in other care settings. The results appear in JAMA.