Dr Mahnoor Nasir, Dr Hammad Amin Mirza, Dr Umair Sarfraz
Introduction: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a preventable and treatable disease that is characterized by airflow limitation. Objectives: The main objective of the study is to evaluate the post-discharge care which contributes to the disease control of patients with COPD. Material and methods: This descriptive study was conducted in Rawalpindi Medical University, Rawalpindi during January 2019 to July 2019. The data was included from those patients who hospitalized, aged 18 years or more, and diagnosed with COPD. Results: The data was collected from 120 patients of COPD. The data was divided into two groups one was intervention group and one was control group. The mean age of the patients was 52.24±6.11 years. After intervention the symptom score in the extended care group (52.53±2.84) was decreased compared with the usual care group (67.26±3.78), which indicated that the extended care contributed to control the clinical symptoms of patients with COPD (P<0.05). Conclusion: It is concluded that a comprehensive response to the needs of severely affected COPD patients with acute exacerbations can only be achieved through models of shared care utilising all relevant health providers in efforts to treat the exacerbation and also prevent readmission.