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Revista Colombia Médica
Universidad del Valle - Facultad de Salud
ISSN: 0120-8322
EISSN: 1657-9534
Vol. 39, No. 4, 2008, pp. 328-336
Bioline Code: rc08077
Full paper language: Spanish
Document type: Research Article
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Revista Colombia Médica, Vol. 39, No. 4, 2008, pp. 328-336

 en Stable COPD Management in Relation to the GOLD: Experience at a University Hospital
Durán, Diana & Vargas, Olga Cecilia

Abstract

Introduction: This paper presents a prospective and descriptive study discussing the outpatient care plan in a public hospital in Bogotá for patients with stable COPD according with the GOLD recommendations. The paper presents as well the influence of factors such as education, pharmacological treatment, pulmonary rehabilitation and oxygen-therapy. A survey was carried out among patients, and the results were evaluated and validated by a group of experts; a personal data card for the review of clinical records was considered.
Materials and methods: This is a three-phase study. On the first phase, selected patients from outpatient care visits were included with a primary diagnosis of COPD on the stable condition stage; these patients had no evident exacerbation in at least one month before the survey. Clinical records, demographic data (gender, age), previous control dates, required examinations, prescribed medicines, referral to pulmonary rehabilitation programs, exercises and domiciliary oxygen-therapy were recorded. On the second phase, the survey was carried out among 61 adult patients who met the inclusion criteria and the clinical record register. On the third phase, the analysis and interpretation of the results were carried out with a statistic processing of the information, which considers multivariate and univariate data analysis using the software SPSS version 11.5 for Windows.
Results: The number of patients with COPD diagnosis studied during the research period of time in our hospital outpatient service was 69, however only 61 of them fulfilled all the inclusion criteria. Sixty-one patients were interviewed, average age, 73. Seventy percent were female. Fifty percent of the participants were from low schooling, social and economic segments of the population; 50% had no formal education and 93% were family dependent. The major risk factor reported (84%) was wood fire smoke, with an average exposure of more than 20 years (72%). Thirty percent considered that they had been educated about their disease by a physician, 47% used inhaled bronchodilators, 48% of whom had difficulties to obtain them. Although 56% of all patients were using home oxygen therapy, and 93% suffered some degree of dyspnea, only one patient had undergone pulmonary rehabilitation.
Conclusions: Our study revealed that non pharmacological therapy and patient education do not meet GOLD recommendations at a Colombian public hospital; this is due, in part, to inadequacies of the public health system and accessibility to it, lack of clinical guidelines, scant medical referral and heavy patients load. It is necessary to implement an improvement plan that will enhance COPD patient treatment and expand heath care professionals participation in it.

Keywords
COPD management; GOLD recommendations; Quality of life.

 
 es Manejo de la EPOC Estable en Relación Con la GOLD: Experiencia en un Hospital Universitario*
Durán, Diana & Vargas, Olga Cecilia

Resumen

Introducción: Estudio prospectivo-descriptivo que analiza el plan de atención ambulatorio del usuario con EPOC estable de acuerdo con las recomendaciones de la GOLD en un hospital público en Bogotá. Presenta los factores que influyen a nivel de educación, tratamiento farmacológico, rehabilitación pulmonar y oxigenoterapia. Se aplicó una encuesta para pacientes, evaluada y validada por grupo de expertos y una ficha para revisión de las historias clínicas.
Materiales y métodos: Estudio de tres fases. En la fase I se seleccionaron los pacientes con diagnóstico primario de EPOC en etapa estable, atendidos por consulta externa que no hubieran presentado exacerbación por lo menos un mes antes de la encuesta. Se tomaron de las historias clinicas, los datos demográficos (género y edad), fechas de control previo, exámenes solicitados, medicamentos formulados, remisión a programas de rehabilitación pulmonar, ejercicio y oxigenoterapia domiciliaria. En la fase II, se aplicó la encuesta a 61 pacientes adultos que cumplían con los criterios de inclusión y el registro de sus historias clínicas. En la fase III se hizo el análisis e interpretación de los resultados con un procesamiento estadístico de la información que comprendía análisis multivariado y univariado de datos utilizando el programa SPSS software, versión 11.5 para Windows.
Resultados: Durante el período de estudio se atendieron por consulta externa en la institución 69 personas con diagnóstico primario de EPOC; de estos, 61 cumplían con los criterios de inclusión. La edad media del grupo fue 73 años y 70% eran mujeres; 50% tenía bajo nivel socioeconómico y ningún grado de escolaridad; 93% tenía dependencia económica de su familia. El mayor factor de riesgo, fue humo de leña (84%), con un promedio de exposición de 20 años; 30% recibió educación por parte del médico, 47% usaba broncodilatadores inhalados y 48% refería dificultades para conseguirlos. Sólo un paciente había asistido a rehabilitación pulmonar aunque 56% utilizaba oxígeno domiciliario y 93% presentaba algún grado de disnea.
Conclusiones: La implementación de la terapia no farmacológica y de educación está lejos de las recomendaciones de la GOLD, sea por influencia del sistema de salud, trámites administrativos, accesibilidad, uso de guías, poca remisión médica o la carga para los profesionales. Es necesario establecer un plan de mejoramiento con cobertura efectiva para optimizar la atención y la calidad de vida de las personas con EPOC.

Palabras-clave
Manejo de la EPOC; Recomendaciones GOLD; Calidad de vida.

 
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