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The effect of pulmonary rehabilitation on the experience of breathlessness and activity in COPD - a qualitative study

Williams, Veronika, Bruton, Anne, Ellis-Hill, Caroline and McPherson, Kathryn (2010) The effect of pulmonary rehabilitation on the experience of breathlessness and activity in COPD - a qualitative study Primary Care Respiratory Journal, 19, (1), pp. 45-51.

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AIM: The aim of this study was to explore, using qualitative research methods, how pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) programmes affect the experience of activity and breathlessness of people with COPD.

METHODS: A qualitative, interview-based approach was employed. Participants were interviewed pre- and post-PR. Data were analysed using systematic strategies informed by grounded theory methods.

RESULTS: Nine participants (three female) took part. A change in participants’ perception of breathlessness and lessening of fear of activity were the main themes identified. PR appeared to impact on the experience of physical social activities, allowing participants to overcome feelings of social isolation.

CONCLUSIONS: Prior to PR, participants associated activities with breathlessness and panic; post PR, participants reported reduced fear and felt able to increase their activities. These findings add to our understanding of the impact of PR on individuals’ experience of activity and may contribute to improved programmes by addressing patients’ needs.

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Accepted/In Press date: 14 July 2009
Published date: March 2010


Local EPrints ID: 66379
ISSN: 1471-4418
PURE UUID: d66ba8b3-684f-4d0e-a2c3-a21d58bea1c6
ORCID for Anne Bruton: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 04 Aug 2009
Last modified: 19 Jul 2017 00:25

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Author: Veronika Williams
Author: Anne Bruton ORCID iD
Author: Caroline Ellis-Hill
Author: Kathryn McPherson

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