COPD patients' perspectives at the time of diagnosis: a qualitative study
2007 (English)In: Primary Care Respiratory Journal, ISSN 1475-1534, Vol. 16, no 4, 215-221 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aims: To gain understanding of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients´ perspectives and perceptions of their disease at the time of diagnosis. Methods: Qualitative study; grounded theory. Ten patients in primary care in Sweden, newly diagnosed with COPD or diagnosed with suspected COPD were interviewed. Results: The analysis created a process model with a core category “Consequences of smoking” and main categories “Shame”, “Appearance of symptoms”, “Adaptation”, “Reflection”, and “Action”. “Restrictions in physical capacity” was a key indicator of evolving disease and “Getting a diagnosis” was crucial for the patient. Conclusions: The COPD patient needs a clear diagnosis at an early stage. It is important to seize the moment when the presumptive COPD patient is receptive towards support and further action. To detect and support the patient, health professionals must be aware of minor symptoms and underlying mechanisms of possible shame.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 16, no 4, 215-221 p.
COPD, primary health care, qualitative research, shame, smoking
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Lung Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-11790DOI: 10.3132/pcrj.2007.00033PubMedID: 17625785OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-11790DiVA: diva2:39559