Objective: We investigated whether patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who were enrolled in disease-management programmes (DMPs) felt that they received a better quality of care than non-enrolled COPD patients. Methods: Our cross-sectional study was performed among patients (n=665) enrolled in four DMPs in the Netherlands. We also evaluated COPD patients (n=227) not enrolled in such programmes. Patients' assessment of chronic-illness care (PACIC) was measured with a 20-item questionnaire. The instrument had five pre-defined domains: patient activation (three items), delivery-system/practice design (three items), goal setting/tailoring (five items), problem solving/contextual (four items), and follow-up/coordination (five items). Results: The mean overall PACIC score (scale: 1-5) of enrolled DMP patients was 2.94, and that of non-enrolled DMP patients was 2.73 (p≤0.01). Differences in the same direction were found in the subscales of patient activation (p≤0.01), delivery-system/practice design (p≤0.001), and problem solving/contextual (p≤0.001). Conclusions: Our results suggest that even in the early stages of implementation, DMPs for COPD may significantly improve care.

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Cramm, J., Rutten-van Mölken, M., & Nieboer, A. (2012). The potential for integrated care programmes to improve quality of care as assessed by patients with COPD: Early results from a real-world implementation study in The Netherlands. International Journal of Integrated Care, 12(JULY-SEPTEMBER 20). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/83783