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Jane French, BSc, NPDip, RGN, is nurse consultant, respiratory, chest medicine unit, Papworth Hospital, Cambridge and a Nursing Times clinical adviser
There have been major developments in the services and treatment options for patients with COPD. With the increasing health and economic burden of this chronic lung disease, hospital at home schemes have been developed to meet the needs of the patients and also to reduce the need for lengthy hospital stays. Different styles of service provision have emerged and results from randomised control studies of ‘hospital at home’ services have demonstrated their effectiveness with no increase in morbidity, mortality or readmission rate (Cotton et al, 2000).