Table 5

Delivery of individual elements of the discharge bundle at level 2 comparator and implementation sites

Discharge bundle
Bundle elementDeliveryComparator sites, n (%)Implementation sites, n (%)P value
1. Assess respiratory medications and inhaler technique.
 1a. Respiratory medications.Yes342 (53.4)542 (68.5)<0.001
 1b. Inhaler technique.Yes106 (17.1)307 (40.4)<0.001
 1a and 1bYes102 (16.1)302 (39.4)<0.001
2. All patients should receive
 2a. Written pack about managing further AECOPD.Yes/not applicable253 (39.6)404 (51.5)<0.001
 2b. Discharge pack of emergency medications.Yes/not applicable170 (26.4)573 (73.6)<0.001
 2a and 2bYes133 (20.6)352 (45.3)<0.001
3. Assess smoking status and willingness to quit.
Smoker but cessation not discussed124 (23.4)102 (14.4)<0.001
Smoker/ex-smoker and cessation discussed68 (12.8)173 (24.4)
Never smoker/ex-smoker338 (63.8)435 (61.3)
4. Assess for suitability of pulmonary rehabilitation prior to discharge.
Yes/completed rehab previously/declined or not applicable172 (26.4)407 (51.6)<0.001
5. Organise community follow-up within 2 weeks of discharge from hospital.
Yes, declined or not applicable356 (54.9)555 (70.3)<0.001
  • AECOPD, acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.