Self-management education for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Tanja Effing, Evelyn E.M. Monninkhof, Paul P.D.L.P.M. Van Der Valk, Gerhard G.A. Zielhuis, E. Haydn Walters, Job J. Van Der Palen, Marlies Zwerink

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Background: There is great interest in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the associated large burden of disease. COPD is characterised by frequent day by day fluctuations, and repetitive clinical exacerbations are typical. Self-management is a term applied to educational programmes aimed at teaching skills needed to carry out medical regimens specific to the disease, guide health behaviour change, and provide emotional support for patients to control their disease and live functional lives. In COPD, the value of selfmanagement education is not yet clear. The first Cochrane review about self-management was published in 2003. It was intended to shed light on the effectiveness of self-management programmes in COPD and the relative efficacy of their constitutive elements. No conclusions about the effectiveness of self-management could be drawn because of the large variation in outcome measures used in the limited number of included studies. This article describes the first update of this review. Objectives: The objective of this review was to assess the settings, methods and efficacy of COPD self-management education programmes on health outcomes and use of health care services. Search strategy: We searched the Cochrane Airways Group trial register, MEDLINE (January 1985 to January 2006), reference lists, and abstracts of medical conferences. Selection criteria: Controlled trials (randomised and non-randomised) of self-management education in patients with COPD. Studies focusing mainly on pulmonary rehabilitation and studies without usual care as a control group were excluded. Data collection and analysis: Two reviewers independently assessed study quality and extracted data. Investigators were contacted for additional information.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberCD002990
JournalCochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • *Patient education as topic
  • *Self care
  • Humans
  • Outcome assessment (health care)
  • Patient compliance
  • Program evaluation
  • Pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive [*therapy]
  • Quality of life
  • Randomized controlled trials as topic


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