Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: experiences in northern regional Australia
Sossai, Kate, Gray, Marion, and Tanner, Bronwyn (2011) Living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: experiences in northern regional Australia. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18 (11). pp. 637-647.
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Objectives: This study aims to explore in depth the experience of living with COPD from the perspective of the person with the condition in northern regional Australia.
Methods: Qualitative research design was employed. Data was obtained from eight participants from a health service for chronic illness using semi-structured interviews to capture participants' diverse experiences. The interviews were audio-taped, transcribed and analysed using a computer software program. Data was coded and analysed thematically. Results: Participant narratives illustrated the severe functional impairments and subsequent psychosocial consequences of this disease. In relation to the participant's experience of COPD, six major themes were identified. These were: emotional wellbeing, physical experience, knowledge and understanding, social relationships, external factors and experience of intervention in relation to their COPD.
Conclusions: This study provides a depth of insight into the day to day experience of people with COPD in a northern Australian location. Findings highlight the importance of the effect that climate, anxiety and patient education have on participation in daily life and indicate a need for further research into these factors.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
|Keywords:||COPD, qualitative research, climate, anxiety, client education|
|Date Deposited:||01 Dec 2011 05:11|
|FoR Codes:||11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy) @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920115 Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified @ 25%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 25%