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Nursing ; 51(6): 41-46, 2021 Jun 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1236252


ABSTRACT: In 2017, the World Health Organization reported that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) impacted 251 million individuals and was responsible for 3.17 million deaths globally. To educate hospitalized patients with COPD about self-management at home, nurses require an action plan to use as part of discharge instructions. This article discusses the benefits of COPD action plans revealed in the literature and describes the creation and use of such an action plan by the author.

Nurse-Patient Relations , Patient Discharge , Patient Education as Topic , Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive/nursing , Self-Management/education , Humans , Treatment Outcome
Pflege ; 33(4): 237-245, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-982156


Health behaviours and needs of people with COPD during COVID-19 pandemic: a document analysis Abstract. Background: The government's guidelines affected people with COPD on different levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to belonging to a group of particularly vulnerable persons, they had to adapt their health behaviours, in particular physical activity, to recommendations provided in order to prevent negative effects on disease progression. There is little knowledge regarding how this group of patients coped with these challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. OBJECTIVE: To describe the health behaviours and needs people with COPD convey during nursing phone consultations and which nursing interventions have been carried out. METHODS: A document analysis of 50 nursing phone consultations was performed. The data were summarised descriptively and analysed thematically. RESULTS: The main topics were the adaptation of physical activity, the implementation of the recommendations to the individual life situation, the detection of a COVID-19 infection and questions concerning the planning of medical appointments. CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic poses additional challenges to the disease management of people with COPD. The increased need for care brought on by the pandemic was able to be met by the knowledge provided in the nursing phone consultations. What remains to be established is what role the consultations play in a sustainable change in behaviour and in dealing with negative emotions.

Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive/therapy , Self Care/psychology , Adaptation, Psychological , COVID-19 , Health Behavior , Health Services Needs and Demand , Humans , Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive/nursing