Integrated Care Program for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 8, 2010
Last Update Posted : October 5, 2012
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Colorado, Denver

Brief Summary:

Integrated eHealth is an innovative, proactive approach to the management of patients with chronic cardiopulmonary disease. Our overall goal is to improve the health of patients by integrating guideline-based education, remote disease monitoring, coordinator-based disease management and healthcare provider-initiated therapy. Patients enrolled in the program receive a set of equipment, including a Health Buddy® telemonitor that connects to a normal telephone, as well as instruments to measure oxygen levels (pulse oximeter), lung function (spirometer) and activity (pedometer). Through the Health Buddy® patients receive guideline-based disease education in their own homes. The Health Buddy® also allows patients to transmit daily information about their symptoms, oxygen levels, lung function and ability to walk to program coordinators located at the University of Colorado Hospital. Our program coordinators are highly experienced nurses or respiratory therapists with expertise in the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and congestive heart failure (CHF). Through this remote disease education/monitoring program, patients learn to take a more active role in the management of their own disease. However, once the coordinators identify early warning signs of a potential problem, patients are contacted and connected to their primary healthcare provider for early intervention. By this integrated approach to care, patients learn self-management techniques, physician communication is enhanced, and early interventions for problems are possible. We propose to target the Integrated eHealth Program to areas of Colorado that are highly impacted by COPD.

Key Objectives: The key objectives are to improve COPD care in the 16 Colorado counties with high COPD mortality rates.

Target Population: We will target patients with severe or very severe COPD.

Expected Outcomes: We expect that this study will increase the use of evidence-based guidelines in the screening, diagnosis and treatment of COPD, resulting in improved quality-of-life and a reduction in healthcare utilization.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Other: Integrated Care Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 100 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase 3 Study of the Efficacy of Proactive Integrated Care in Advanced COPD Patients Located in Areas With High COPD-related Mortality
Study Start Date : October 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2009

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MedlinePlus related topics: COPD Lung Diseases

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Proactive Integrated Care
COPD education, self-management education, remote monitoring (Health Buddy, pulse oximeter, pedometer, spirometer) and enhance communication with cell phone contact with a coordinator.
Other: Integrated Care
Study looking at the efficacy of a combination of Guideline-based COPD education, self-management training, remote telemonitoring and enhanced communication with a coordinator.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quality of Life measured by the St. Georges Respiratory Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Guideline-based medical care [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  2. Oxygen utilization and pre/post exercise oxygen saturations [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  3. Smoking status [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  4. Exercise status measured by the 6 minute walk test [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  5. Symptoms including cough, sputum production and dyspnea (measured by the modified Medical Research Council (MMRC) dyspnea scale) [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  6. Body Mass Index, Obstruction, Dyspnoea, Exercise Capacity (BODE) Index [ Time Frame: 3 months ]
  7. Healthcare utilization [ Time Frame: 3 months ]

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • COPD Diagnosis by Gold Guidelines
  • Airflow obstruction on spirometry defined by an FEV1/FVC less than or equal to 70% and an FEV1 less than 50% predicted, or and FEV1 greater than or equal to 50% predicted with a history of a COPD exacerbation within one year, or an FEV1 greater than or equal to 50% predicted and on long-term oxygen therapy.
  • Standard land-line telephone
  • Legal US residency status residing in Adams, Alamosa, Bent, Crowley, Dolores, El Paso, Fremont, Kiowa, Logan, Morgan, Montezuma, Otero, Prowers, Rio Blanco, or Washington counties in Colorado

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Asthma
  • Co-existing conditions that are likely to cause death within two years. Patients with CXR evidence of interstitial lung disease, or other pulmonary diagnoses at the time of enrollment, aside from COPD-related bronchiectasis. Patients with end-stage liver, renal or muscle disease, HIV, or a diagnosis of dementia.
  • Participation in another treatment study
  • Inability or unwillingness to cooperate with self-monitoring and reporting components
  • Prisoners, pregnant women, institutionalized patients
  • Current alcohol or drug abuse
  • Non-English speakers
  • Inability to complete a consent
  • Illegal alien, non-Colorado resident, or non-resident of targeted counties

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01045213

United States, Colorado
University of Colorado Denver
Aurora, Colorado, United States, 80045
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Colorado, Denver
Principal Investigator: William Vandivier, MD University of Colorado, Denver

Responsible Party: University of Colorado, Denver Identifier: NCT01045213     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 08-0588
09 FLA 000317 ( Other Identifier: CHPHE )
First Posted: January 8, 2010    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 5, 2012
Last Verified: October 2012

Keywords provided by University of Colorado, Denver:
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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