Home initiation of chronic non-invasive ventilation in COPD patients with chronic hypercapnic respiratory failure: a randomised controlled trial

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Introduction Chronic non-invasive ventilation (NIV) has become evidence-based care for stable hypercapnic COPD patients. While the number of patients increases, home initiation of NIV would greatly alleviate the healthcare burden. We hypothesise that home initiation of NIV with the use of telemedicine in stable hypercapnic COPD is non-inferior to in-hospital NIV initiation. Methods Sixty-seven stable hypercapnic COPD patients were randomised to initiation of NIV in the hospital or at home using telemedicine. Primary outcome was daytime arterial carbon dioxide pressure (PaCO 2) reduction after 6 months NIV, with a non-inferiority margin of 0.4 kPa. Secondary outcomes were health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and costs. Results Home NIV initiation was non-inferior to in-hospital initiation (adjusted mean difference in PaCO 2 change home vs in-hospital: 0.04 kPa (95% CI-0.31 to 0.38 kPa), with both groups showing a PaCO 2 reduction at 6 months compared with baseline (home: from 7.3±0.9 to 6.4±0.8 kPa (p<0.001) and in-hospital: from 7.4±1.0 to 6.4±0.6 kPa (p<0.001)). In both groups, HRQoL improved without a difference in change between groups (Clinical COPD Questionnaire total score-adjusted mean difference 0.0 (95% CI-0.4 to 0.5)). Furthermore, home NIV initiation was significantly cheaper (home: median €3768 (IQR €3546-€4163) vs in-hospital: median €8537 (IQR €7540-€9175); p<0.001). Discussion This is the first study showing that home initiation of chronic NIV in stable hypercapnic COPD patients, with the use of telemedicine, is non-inferior to in-hospital initiation, safe and reduces costs by over 50%. Trial registration number NCT02652559.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)244-252
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftThorax
Volume75
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
Vroegere onlinedatum4-sep-2019
DOI's
StatusPublished - 31-mrt-2020
EvenementInternational Congress of the European-Respiratory-Society (ERS) - Madrid, Spain
Duur: 28-sep-20192-okt-2019

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