The study aimed to estimate the cost-effectiveness of interdisciplinary community-based chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) management in patients with COPD. We conducted a cost-effectiveness analysis alongside a 2-yr randomised controlled trial, in which 199 patients with less advanced airflow obstruction and impaired exercise capacity were assigned to the INTERCOM programme or usual care. The INTERCOM programme consisted of exercise training, education, nutritional therapy and smoking cessation counselling offered by community-based physiotherapists and dieticians and hospital-based respiratory nurses. All-cause resource use during 2 yrs was obtained by self-report and from hospital and pharmacy records. Health outcomes were the St George's Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ), exacerbations and quality-adjusted life years (QALYs).

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Hoogendoorn, M., van Wetering, C., Schols, A., & Rutten-van Mölken, M. (2010). Is INTERdisciplinary COMmunity-based COPD management (INTERCOM) cost-effective?. The European Respiratory Journal, 35(1), 79–87. doi:10.1183/09031936.00043309