Hope: a construct central to living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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Title Hope: a construct central to living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Author Milne, Linda; Moyle, Wendy; Cooke, Marie Louise
Journal Name International Journal of Older People Nursing
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
Abstract Background. Hope plays an integral role in health and illness and may assist individuals to cope in difficult and adverse circumstances, for instance when living with an illness such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which can demand continuous adaptation. Aim. This paper reports the meaning of hope in people living with COPD as described by seven participants involved in a home-based pulmonary maintenance program. Methods. Using an interpretive phenomenological approach a purposive sample of seven participants were interviewed to understand participants' experiences of the phenomena of hope. An interpretative description is provided. Results. Thematic analysis revealed a number of themes, including that hope persists despite chronic illness and the unpredictable dilemmas of living with COPD. Many benefits were found to be gained from involvement in a home-based pulmonary maintenance program, including increasing exercise capacity, hope and wellbeing. Conclusion. Despite the limitations imposed by living with COPD participants revealed a determination to live as normal a life as possible. The pulmonary maintenance program was pivotal in assisting participants to improve exercise capacity, hope and wellbeing. Nurses may have a role to play in helping people with COPD maintain or regain hope.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118500962/home
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-3743.2009.00185.x
Volume 4
Issue Number 4
Page from 299
Page to 306
ISSN 1748-3735
Date Accessioned 2009-12-09
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Health Institute; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30603
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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