Table 1—

Baseline characteristics

 Age yrs70±972±90.09
 Sex (females)15 (23)11 (12)0.64
 Education less than primary16 (25)20 (22)0.85
 Annual income <\#8364;60007 (13)16 (24)0.16
Clinical and functional profile
 Length baseline hospitalisation8.5±5.57.8±4.20.65
 MRC dyspnoea scale3.5±1.33.5±1.20.84
 BMI kg·m-226.4±5.126.1±5.40.71
 FVC % pred64±2163±180.79
 FEV1 % pred43±2041±150.89
 FEV1/FVC %48±1848±170.95
 Hospital respiratory admissions previous yr1.0±1.30.6±1.20.05
 SGRQ total score57±1859±180.46
 Euroqol analogue visual scale#47.8±18.147.4±18.50.87
 Anxiety and depression Goldberg score8.5±5.68.2±5.90.71
 Apgar score7.6±4.26.3±2.90.18
Regular COPD treatment
 LTOT16 (25)21 (23)0.85
 Influenza vaccination36 (56)68 (78)0.01
 Pneumococcal vaccination19 (36)41 (53)0.07
 Home rehabilitation17 (26)20 (22)0.57
 Active smokers21 (32)19 (21)0.14
 Knowledge-name and cause of the disease45 (69)58 (65)0.61
 Poor adherence to inhalers14 (23)23 (28)0.56
 Regular physical activity56 (86)82 (91)0.43
 Knowledge alarm symptoms and drugs44 (68)66 (73)0.48
  • Data are presented as n, mean±sd or n (%). IC: integrated care; UC: usual care; MRC: Medical Research Council scale for scoring dyspnoea; BMI; body mass index; FVC: forced vital capacity; % pred: % predicted; FEV1: forced expiratory volume in one second; FEV1/FVC ratio: expressed as actual value; Pa,O2: arterial oxygen tension; Pa,CO2: carbon dioxide arterial tension; SGRQ: Saint George’s Respiratory Questionnaire to assess health-related quality of life; Apgar: adaptability, partnership, growth, affection and resolve; COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; LTOT: long-term oxygen therapy. #: instrument to assess health-related quality of life; : to assess family functionality. 1 mmHg = 0.133 kPa.