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Sleep Health in People with Asthma: Pilot testing an exploratory study protocol
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Biosciences.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Sleep Health in People with Asthma – Pilot testing an exploratory study protocol

Josephine Ingemarsson Degree project in Pharmacotherapy D, 30 hp, Master of Science Program in Pharmacy. Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney. Woolcock Institute of Medical Research. Supervisor: Bandana Saini, Julet Foster and Chris Miller. Examinor: Margareta Hammarlund-Udenaes.

Introduction: Based on quantitative studies, there is clear evidence that asthma is associated with a high prevalence of sleep issues. However, there are no qualitative studies which aim to understand the lived experience of a patient with asthma who have disturbed sleep. Aims: The overall aim of this project was to initiate a qualitative study regarding asthma patients’ sleep experiences. Understanding these experiences could later help develop future sleep therapy programs for people with asthma that can be implemented in primary care settings and in pharmacies.Materials and Methods: A narrative literature review was conducted and informed the preparation of an ethics application. This included developing a study protocol, the core of which included the development of a semi-structured interview guide and other study documents. Pilot-testing of the semi-structured interview guide was undertaken to refine and optimise the guide. The pilot-interviews were recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed.Results: An ethics application was submitted, underwent peer review (University of Sydney Human Research Ethics Committee) and was granted approval. The interview guide was tested within three pilot interviews and yielded five main themes exemplifying asthma patients´ sleep experiences.Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first qualitative study investigating asthma patients´ sleep experiences. The findings from this pilot study provides valuable information, since the feasibility of the study instruments has been tested. Given that the study protocol now has ethical approval, the findings from the pilot data should be substantiated by sufficient interview numbers to reach thematic saturation. This pilot research sets the basis for a full scale qualitative study, the results of which would later allow healthcare professionals to better treat comorbid asthma and sleep disorders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 68
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Pharmaceutical Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-343912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-343912DiVA, id: diva2:1187100
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Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Sydney
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Pharmacotherapy
Educational program
Master of Science Programme in Pharmacy
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Available from: 2018-03-28 Created: 2018-03-02 Last updated: 2018-03-28Bibliographically approved

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