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Livskvalitet för patienter med kronisk obstruktiv lungsjukdom
University West, Department of Health Sciences, Section for nursing - undergraduate level.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Life quality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (English)
Abstract [en]

Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a growing problem today around the world. People are getting diagnosed with COPD everyday and the number of cases is expected to increase in the future. It is important that the nurse can respond to people living with COPD and to understand the symptoms and living condition of these people in order to apply a good nursing care.

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe how quality of life is affected by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Method: The method of this study is based on a qualitative and quantitative research according to Friberg (2006) and Friberg (2012). Nine articles was analyzed according to Fribergs five-step model and results divided in three main themes.

Results: The main themes were Symptom that limits everyday life, symptoms with a psychosocial impact and Relieving of symptoms that increases the quality of life.

Conclusion: The results showed that COPD affects the entire life. To combine different treatment options such as applying oxygen, special breathing techniques and to increase the physical activity, it is possible to increase quality of life in COPD.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 13 p.
Keyword [en]
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), dyspnea, physical activity, psychosocial impact, nursing, quality of life
National Category
Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11311Local ID: EXO500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11311DiVA: diva2:1130983
Subject / course
Nursing science
Educational program
Nursing Programme
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Available from: 2017-08-21 Created: 2017-08-11 Last updated: 2017-08-21Bibliographically approved

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