The experience of hospitalization in people with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease:A qualitative, phenomenological study

Bakthavatsalu, Barathi and Walshe, Catherine and Simpson, Jane (2022) The experience of hospitalization in people with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease:A qualitative, phenomenological study. Chronic Illness. ISSN 1742-3953

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Abstract

Objectives People with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are frequently hospitalized, reporting high physical, psychological and spiritual suffering. Existing research focused on discrete aspects of hospitalization, such as care or treatment, yet lacks a complete picture of the phenomenon. The aim of this study is to understand the lived experience of hospitalization in people with advanced COPD. Methods A qualitative, descriptive phenomenological approach was employed to study the phenomenon of hospitalization for people with advanced COPD. Unstructured interviews were conducted during hospitalization at a tertiary care hospital in India, in 2017, audio-recorded, and then transcribed. Giorgi's descriptive phenomenological analysis method guided the analysis. Results Fifteen people with advanced COPD participated. Emergency admissions were common because of acute breathlessness, leading to repeated hospitalizations. Hospitalization gave a sense of safety but, despite this, people preferred to avoid hospitalization. Care influenced trust in hospitalization and both shaped the experience of hospitalization. Multi-dimensional suffering was central to the experience and was described across physical, psychological and spiritual domains. Discussion Hospitalization was identified largely as a negative experience due to the perception of continued suffering. Integrating palliative care into the routine care of people with advanced COPD may enable improvements in care.

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Journal Article
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Chronic Illness
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10 Jan 2022 10:35
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22 Nov 2022 10:58