In Reply We agree with Dr Steurer-Stey that the use of action plans with adequate instructions for self-medication can be helpful for the management of some patients with COPD. However, this approach needs to be individualized and consider patient factors such as comorbidities, cognitive status, and knowledge. As Fan et al pointed out, self-medication may not be helpful for all patients, and the authors of the recent Cochrane review recommended taking into account comorbidities in self-management action plans.
To the Editor The randomized clinical trial by Dr Aboumatar and colleagues demonstrated that the combination of transitional care support and long-term self-management resulted in fewer hospitalizations and emergency department visits for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). One statement in the article deserves a comment.