COPD Care Bundles Research Project

An evaluation of the effectiveness of ‘care bundles’ as a means of improving hospital care and reducing hospital readmission for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

This multi-disciplinary study by the University of Bristol seeks to evaluate the impact of admission and discharge care bundles for patients admitted to hospital with exacerbated COPD. The study will compare the effectiveness of care bundles with usual care as a means of improving hospital care and reducing readmissions.

BTS has worked closely with the University of Bristol and colleagues in trusts across the country that delivered care bundles as part of this project. The study took place over a three-year period from May 2014 and included 19 hospital trusts in England and Wales who agreed to deliver the COPD care bundles and another group of 12 hospital trusts who did not deliver them. 

The project aims to provide independent evidence of the impact of COPD care bundles on care during and after hospital admissions and future readmissions. It will also indicate how a coordinated care package might improve quality of care, equity of access, patient and carer experience and service delivery for COPD patients within the acute setting, taking into account cost implications and implementation challenges.

Report publication dates will be posted here when known. 

October 2017