Original Investigation 2018
A study published in the JAMA demonstrates that a 3-month intervention program that stimulates patients’ long-term self-management in combination with transition, reduced the number of hospitalizations in patients with COPD and improved their quality of life as well (see: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/2714645). These findings are important, as it is known that patients who are hospitalized for COPD exarcerbations are at an increased risk for rehospitalization and a reduced quality of life. The authors recommend evaluating this intervention program for other chronic diseases as well. The topic of this study bears a close correspondence to the focus of the ESPACOMP conference of this year in Porto (Portugal) on Patient Empowerment and Digital Health [read more here: insert link to website].