What is it about?

COPD negatively affects patients’ physical and psychosocial well-being, family relationships and, social life. Identifying patients’ self-reported needs and needs-driven strategies can enable clinicians to empower patients by educating them to improve their self-management.

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Why is it important?

Being diagnosed with COPD imposes on participants the need to learn how to cope with their smoking addiction, dyspnea, energy deprivation, and the gradually increasing despair that accompanies the disease. Identifying COPD patients’ self-reported needs and needs-driven strategies may provide clinicians with better tools to empower them to cope with self-management.


This study gives an excellent insight information into how complex it is to suffer from COPD, what you need if you suffer from this disease and how you learn self-management, what helps and what hinders well-being. I was really excited to work with people from three different professions on this paper (we were one physiotherapist, two nurses and two physicians - great group). I do hope you find the paper helpful.

Sigridur Halldorsdottir
Haskolinn a Akureyri

The scientific importance of this study is to promote patients' own perspective on self-managing with COPD. For me as a young researcher, it was invaluable to work with my experienced co-authors who guided me through carrying out the study and the writing.

MSN Jonina Sigurgeirsdottir
Reykjalundur Rehabilitation Institution

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This page is a summary of: COPD patients’ experiences, self-reported needs, and needs-driven strategies to cope with self-management, International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, May 2019, Dove Medical Press, DOI: 10.2147/copd.s201068.
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