Patients' explanatory models for heart failure and COPD exacerbations

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Abstract

Although there Is extensive information on the disease aspect of heart failure (HF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). the illness aspect of these diseases has received limited attention. This limitation in our knowledge is of concern because these diseases are increasing in incidence and prevalence and contributing to the premature morbidity and mortality of thousands of persons. Tliis naturalistic inquiry study was undertaken to describe the explanatory models (EMs) of persons hospitalized for HF (n = 30) or COPD (n = 30) exacerbations. In semdstructured interviews, participants offered descriptions of the etiology, cause, and effects of their disease exacerbations and identified interventions that they believed would Iiave helpedprevent their hospitalizations or helped them to live better at home. The findings provide a basis for understanding tlie EMs of persons with HFor COPD as an initial step in making health care more relevant

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-188
Number of pages25
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Disease Progression
Heart Failure
Premature Mortality
Hospitalization
Interviews
Morbidity
Delivery of Health Care
Incidence

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  • Nursing(all)

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Patients' explanatory models for heart failure and COPD exacerbations. / Russell, Cynthia.

In: Clinical Nursing Research, Vol. 7, No. 2, 01.01.1998, p. 164-188.

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