Table 1

Inclusion and exclusion criteria and randomisation criteria
Inclusion criteria (checked on day 1) Exclusion criteria (checked on day 1)
Age ≥ 40 years Major uncontrolled co morbidity
Competent to give informed consent Mental disability
Diagnosed with COPD at least GOLD stage I and 10pack years of smoking Living outside care region of the home care organisation
Hospitalisation for COPD exacerbation Inability to understand the program
Indication for admission to intensive care unit or for non invasive ventilation
Active alcohol and/or drug abuse
Insufficient availability of informal care at home
Randomisation criteria (checked on day 3)
Completed Informed Consent on day three of admission
Acceptable general health:
-   Decrease physical complaints
-   Non dependency of therapies that cannot be given at home
-   Being able to visit toilet independently
    Normal or moderately increased blood sugar levels, defined as ≤15 mmol/L or ≥ 15 mmol/L but patient is capable to regulate blood sugar levels independently
    Respiratory complaints of dyspnoea, wheezing and rhonchi must have decreased in comparison with day of admission.

Utens et al.

Utens et al. BMC Health Services Research 2013 13:363   doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-363

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