A single home visit to patients with severe asthma or COPD may reduce severe exacerbations requiring emergency department visits and significantly improve patient adherence with office visits and inhaler use.
As part of the Integrated Disease Management Program of UCSF Fresno Center for Medical Education and Research, a single home visit was provided to 60 patients who were noncompliant to office visits as well as patients with uncontrolled symptoms.
‘Emergency Department visits decreased by 40 percent and patient adherence to maintenance inhaler use increased from 22 percent to 65 percent.’
After a single home visit there was a significant increase in compliance with office visits in the year following, increasing from 68 to 133 visits.
However, the intervention did not appear to reduce the number of hospital admissions.
"Ensuring the health of patients who do not show up for their office visits can be difficult," says Dr. Vipul Jain, medical director for the chronic lung disease program at UCSF-Fresno.
"Making a single home visit to noncompliant patients not only increases their adherence but also decreases their visits to the emergency department, suggesting improved control of the disease."