Friday, 8 September 2017

Women woth COPD

Roger Watson, Editor

The aim of this study was to: 'explore women’s experiences of living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at home.' The study was carried out in Sweden and nine women were interviewed. 

The study was carried out because: '(p)revious studies have described women’s experiences of living with COPD by comparing men and women. They suggest that women with COPD experience more severe dyspnoea, higher levels of anxiety and depression, poorer quality of life and more exacerbations than men.' 

The results shwoed that: '(t)hese women experienced limitations related to the traditional female role and felt unable to fulfil their own expectations.' The authors concluded: 'Nurses should be aware that women with COPD in addition to experience problems and concerns because of their illness could struggle to accept that they no longer are able to live up to their own expectations of the traditional female. Women may need particular support from nurses to reconcile and accept the loss of their traditional female role'.

Reference

Steindal SA, Ӧsterling J, Halvorsen K, Schjelderup T, Kive E, Sørbye LW, Dihle A (2017) A qualitative study of women’s experiences of living with COPD Nursing Open DOI: 10.1002/nop2.86

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