Action plans with limited patient education only for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Walters, J. A. E., Turnock, A. C., Walters, E. H., Wood-Baker, R. (2010). Action plans with limited patient education only for exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (5). doi:10.1002/14651858.CD005074.pub3.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive disease characterised by exacerbations, usually infective in origin, which affect symptoms and quality of life. Action plans are designed to help an individual recognise a deterioration in their symptoms and initiate changes to treatment early and reduce the impact of the exacerbation. This review found that the use of action plans results in an increased ability to recognise and react appropriately to an exacerbation by individuals. There was no evidence that these behavioural changes reduced health care utilisation or improved quality of life.