The role of social support in improving chronic obstructive pulmonary disease self-management

Anke Lenferink, Job van der Palen, Tanja Effing

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    Abstract

    1. Introduction

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive lung condition with distressing exacerbations – i.e. acute deteriorations in respiratory health – as a key characteristic. Its societal impact is significant as exacerbations contribute to impaired quality of life, and increased hospitalizations, mortality and healthcare costs [1]. The main COPD symptoms are dyspnea, fatigue, and cough, which seriously impact on activities of daily living, psychological distress, and social isolation [2].
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)623-626
    Number of pages4
    JournalExpert Review of Respiratory Medicine
    Volume12
    Issue number8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Keywords

    • Chronic obstructive; pulmonary disease
    • disease management
    • self-care
    • social relationships
    • social support

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