The importance of movement for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Williams, Veronika, Bruton, Anne, Ellis-Hill, Caroline and McPherson, Kathryn (2011) The importance of movement for people living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Qualitative Health Research, 21, (9), 1239-1248. (doi:10.1177/1049732311405801). (PMID:21511979).


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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic respiratory disease that gives rise to symptoms of breathlessness, chronic fatigue, and cough. The impact of COPD on people’s activity has been widely acknowledged, yet it appears that we know little about how individuals experience activity. We employed a grounded theory study with 18 participants with COPD to explore their dimensions of activity. We identified two core concepts that captured participants’ experience of activity; these were stagnation and movement. We found fresh air to be the single most important aspect affecting participants’ experience of stagnation and movement; this was linked to a changed perception of symptoms. We identified the environment as an important context influencing the experience of COPD and activity. Our stagnation–movement theory explains the experience of activity within its environmental context, and how this experience might be affected on physical, social, and psychological levels.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/1049732311405801
ISSNs: 1049-7323 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RB Pathology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 182859
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
21 April 2011Published
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2011 11:32
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:36

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