Providing reviews of evidence to COPD patients: controlled prospective 12 month trial
Smith, Brian J
Veale, Antony J
Esterman, Adrian Jeffrey
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This study aimed to evaluate a novel patient-held manual designed to reduce the evidence--practice gap in COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Primary hypothesis: After 12 months COPD management will be more consistent with evidence for patients given the manual when compared with patients given a widely available COPD information leaflet. The results showed that people with COPD will read an evidence manual developed using current best practice. However, the study demonstrated improvement for only one of the three components of an indicator of evidence-based disease management, for only the most socio-economically disadvantaged stratum of participants. Future interventions should be designed to better translate reading uptake into evidence-based disease management.