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Title: The working-age experience of living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Author: Masters, Lisa Robyn
ISNI:       0000 0004 7964 8204
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2018
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Numerous factors have an impact on quality of life in people living with COPD. Some of these are likely to be relevant to all people living with COPD, whereas others may have more impact on those of an employable age. This study reports the findings of a qualitative investigation of 11 working-age adults with COPD, aged between 52 and 63. The aim of this study was to understand in greater depth the impact that COPD has on quality of life for individuals of a working-age. A framework analysis approach was used, and ten themes were identified, which interact in complex and nuanced ways. Interestingly, the sample reported very few concerns specific to their age group. The majority of participants did not report concerns about loss of employment, for example. However, changes to their role within the family and the need to be cared for by their children were particularly distressing. Participants also reported complex relationships to making lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking. Participants commonly reported a lack of 'readiness' for making changes, and experiencing services as disempowering when this sense of not being ready was not taken seriously. These areas need further exploration.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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