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ERIC Number: EJ828756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Patient Views on Three Key Service Areas within Hospital COPD Care
Roberts, C. Michael; Seiger, Anil; Ingham, Jane
Health Education Journal, v68 n1 p26-33 2009
Objective: The views of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) about three key services (non-invasive ventilation [NIV], early discharge schemes and rehabilitation) were sought in order to inform recommendations for the delivery of optimum care within a national programme of hospital COPD service development. Design: Four focus groups were run involving 36 COPD patients, facilitated by two researchers. Tape recordings were transcribed and emergent grouped themes identified. Setting: Four locations across the UK. Results: Of the three service areas considered, two (NIV and early discharge) were unknown to the majority of patients despite their strong evidence base and national recommendations for implementation. Where patients were familiar with a service they made consistent and useful recommendations for improving care. Those recently hospitalized reported insufficient information provision for them to make personal informed choices about key management interventions. Conclusion: Patients have important views on services with which they are familiar and if consulted can significantly contribute to their development. This report has identified a lack of knowledge amongst the majority of patients consulted about recent key NHS medical and service developments. At a group level this impairs the contributions that patients may make to forming service profiles. At an individual level, lack of prior knowledge places patients in a vulnerable position when admitted to hospital and asked to make informed decisions about their care.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom