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COPD and coping with breathlessness at home: a review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18026004     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients with COPD and their partners often feel isolated while trying to cope with the psychological and physical effects of their condition and the change in their quality of life. Research studies support the fact that some patients with COPD cope better with their breathlessness at home with appropriate community support. This support may be provided by nurses and other health professionals. However, there appears to be an imbalance in the provision of community support/palliative care for COPD patients who have a life-limiting illness compared to other patients with a life limiting illness and a cancer diagnosis. Where 'hospital at home' and support in the community for COPD patients occurs it is provided in many different ways and has been shown to reduce the necessity for acute hospital admissions.
Sue Harris
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of community nursing     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1462-4753     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Community Nurs     Publication Date:  2007 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-20     Completed Date:  2007-12-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9815827     Medline TA:  Br J Community Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  411-5     Citation Subset:  N    
Faculty of Health, Sport and Science, Department of Care Sciences, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Attitude to Health
Cognitive Therapy
Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
Dyspnea* / etiology,  prevention & control,  psychology
Family / psychology
Health Status
Home Care Services
Nurse's Role / psychology
Palliative Care
Patient Care Team / organization & administration
Patient Discharge
Patient Education as Topic
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive* / complications,  prevention & control,  psychology
Quality of Life / psychology
Social Isolation
Social Support*
Stress, Psychological / etiology,  prevention & control,  psychology

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