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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Outpatient on Demand Clinic (COPD-C)

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00556816
First Posted: November 12, 2007
Last Update Posted: September 18, 2015
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Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Jan W.K. van den Berg, Isala
  Purpose

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a chronic disease which is increasing. Patients with COPD are the most important concern of the pulmonologists. At the outpatient clinic has been observed that the amount of new and regular COPD patients is of such a size that it seems to overwhelm the capacity of the outpatient clinic. Solutions could be substitution of medical care, longer intervals between the appointments or discharge from secondary medical care to primary care. The first point does not solve the lack of capacity, the second point is not allowed because it will decrease quality of care and transition of care is a temporary solution. COPD is a complex disease, whereby, and certainly in an advanced stadium, multidisciplinary and qualified expertise is needed.

The optimal control frequency of patients with COPD is unknown. COPD is a disease with fluctuating activity and complaints over time. There is a chance that patients are seen at a stable state at the regular outpatient clinical visits instead of moments when medical care is obligated. The regular management of the outpatient clinic will therefore result in an ineffective treatment of COPD patients. In this way general practitioners and even patients could suggest that visits to the outpatient pulmonary clinic are confounding less to a good treatment of COPD.

Outpatient clinical care on demand, initiated by patients in other chronic patient groups like rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases, are proven to be safe and effective leading to less consumption and costs of medical care in comparison to standard outpatient clinical visits 2-5.

The outpatient clinical care on demand for COPD is not figured out yet. Our aim is to investigate whether this special type of outpatient clinical care is effective in the management of COPD.


Condition Intervention
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Behavioral: on demand clinic Behavioral: Control

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: COPD-C: COPD Outpatient on Demand Clinic. Study to Determine the Efficacy and Safety of on Demand Outpatient Clinics in COPD Patients

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Further study details as provided by Jan W.K. van den Berg, Isala:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • change in health status (CCQ) [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • use of medical care (visits to GP, ER, outpatient clinic) [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  • quality of life (SGRQ and SF-36) [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  • the number of appointments with the pulmonary nurse/ nurse practitioner [ Time Frame: 2 years ]

Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: September 2007
Study Completion Date: October 2011
Primary Completion Date: October 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Conventional outpatient clinic
Conventional outpatient clinic
Behavioral: Control
conventional outpatient clinic
Experimental: On demand outpatient clinic
On demand outpatient clinic
Behavioral: on demand clinic
Outpatient on demand clinic

Detailed Description:

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a chronic disease with an increasing prevalence in the next years. There has been calculated that between 1994 and 2015 COPD will increase for men and women with 43% and 142%. This will be caused by ageing of the population and the tendency towards more smoking women 1.

Patients with COPD are the most important concern of the pulmonologists. At the outpatient clinic, it has been observed that the amount of new and regular COPD patients is of such a size that it seems to overwhelm the capacity of the outpatient clinic. Solutions could be substitution of medical care (specialist replacement by nurse practitioner), longer intervals between the appointments, or discharge from secondary medical care to primary care. The first point doesn't solve the lack of capacity, the second point is not allowed because it will decrease quality of care, and transition of care is a temporary solution. COPD is a complex disease, whereby, and certainly in an advanced stadium, multidisciplinary and qualified expertise is needed.

The optimal control frequency of patients with COPD is unknown. COPD is a disease with fluctuating activity and complaints over time. There is a chance that patients are seen at a stable state at the regular outpatient clinical visits instead of moments when medical care is obligated. The regular management of the outpatient clinic will therefore result in an ineffective treatment of COPD patients. In this way, general practitioners and even patients could suggest that visits to the outpatient pulmonary clinic are confounding less to a good treatment of COPD.

Outpatient clinical care on demand, initiated by patients in other chronic patient groups like rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases, are proven to be safe and effective leading to less consumption and costs of medical care in comparison to standard outpatient clinical visits 2-5.

The outpatient clinical care on demand for COPD is not figured out yet. The investigators' aim is to investigate whether this special type of outpatient clinical care is effective in the management of COPD

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • COPD patients at least GOLD II (FEV1 < 70%, FEV1/VC ratio < 70%)
  • age > 40 years
  • smoking history > 10 pack years
  • informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • significant or instable comorbidity
  • a history of asthma
  • drug or alcohol abuse
  • incapacity to fill in questionnaires
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00556816


Locations
Netherlands
Isala Klinieken
Zwolle, Netherlands, 8011 JW
Sponsors and Collaborators
Isala
Investigators
Principal Investigator: L.N. Boom, Drs. Isala
  More Information

Responsible Party: Jan W.K. van den Berg, Dr., Isala
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00556816     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NL 14887.075.06
First Submitted: November 9, 2007
First Posted: November 12, 2007
Last Update Posted: September 18, 2015
Last Verified: September 2015

Keywords provided by Jan W.K. van den Berg, Isala:
COPD
outpatient on demand clinic

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases