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The cost-effectiveness of outreach respiratory care for COPD patients

Adam Gordois, MSc (Health Economics).Research FellowInpatient treatment, where potentially avoidable, is an unnecessary drain on health service resources. At the margin, the decision to treat a patient in secondary care prevents access for others requiring hospital treatment. Raising the number of emergency admissions places pressure on both traditional emergency beds and beds the hospital would rather protect for elective admissions.

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