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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Abstract

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 ID: 19125
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: COPD, qualitative research, climate, anxiety, client education
ISSN: 1759-779X
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%
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