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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Action Plans with Brief Patient Education for Exacerbations in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Description of Resource: 
Exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are a major driver of decline in health status and impose high costs on health care systems. Action plans offer a form of self-management that can be delivered in the outpatient setting to help people recognize and initiate early treatment for exacerbations, thereby reducing their impact. This systematic review aimed to compare the effects of an action plan (provided with a single, short patient education component but without a comprehensive self-management program) versus usual care. It identified 7 trials with a total of 1,550 participants. It found that the use of COPD action plans reduces in-hospital health care utilization and increases treatment of COPD exacerbations with corticosteroids and antibiotics.

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Review
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Respiratory Diseases
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Howcroft M, Walters EH, Wood-Baker R, Walters JAE. Action plans with brief patient education for exacerbations in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database Syst Rev [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2018 Apr 30];(12). Art. No.: CD005074. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD005074.pub4. Available from: