COPD and coping with breathlessness at home: a review of the literature

Sue Harris

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411 - 415
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Community Nursing
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007


  • copd (disease)
  • lungs, diseases, obstructive
  • palliative treatment
  • community health nursing


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