Table 3

Indicators of exacerbations (between group comparison using Mann-Whitney U test)

Self-managementUsual care
Exacerbations per patient per 2 years (p=0.678)
    No (% within group) with 0 exacerbations29 (36)33 (41)
    No (% within group) with 1 exacerbations28 (35)22 (28)
    No (% within group) with 2 exacerbations7 (9)12 (15)
    No (% within group) with 3 exacerbations7 (9)6 (8)
    No (% within group) with ≥4 exacerbations9 (11)7 (9)
Oral prednisolone courses per patient per 2 years (p=0.015)
    No (% within group) with 0 courses64 (70)80 (85)
    No (% within group) with 1 course19 (21)11 (12)
    No (% within group) with 2 courses6 (7)1 (1)
    No (% within group) with ≥3 courses2 (2)2 (2)
Courses of antibiotics per patient per 2 years (p=0.643)
    No (% within group) with 0 courses71 (78)71 (76)
    No (% within group) with 1 course15 (17)15 (16)
    No (% within group) with 2 courses2 (2)5 (5)
    No (% within group) with ≥3 courses3 (3)3 (3)