How do informal self-care strategies evolve among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease managed in primary care? A qualitative study.

Lindsay D. Apps, Samantha Harrison, Johanna Williams, Nicky Hudson, Michael Steiner, Mike D. L. Morgan, Sally J. Singh

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    Abstract

    There is much description in the literature of how patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) manage their breathlessness and engage in self-care activities; however, little of this is from the perspective of those with less severe disease, who are primarily managed in primary care. This study aimed to understand the self-care experiences of patients with COPD who are primarily managed in primary care, and to examine the challenges of engaging in such behaviors.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)257-263
    JournalInternational journal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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