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Supporting patients self-managing respiratory health: a qualitative study on the impact of the Breathe Easy voluntary group network

Hashem, Ferhana, Merritt, Rowena K. (2018) Supporting patients self-managing respiratory health: a qualitative study on the impact of the Breathe Easy voluntary group network. European Respiratory Journal, 4 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0903-1936. E-ISSN 1399-3003. (doi:10.1183/23120541.00076-2017) (KAR id:64485)

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Abstract

Self-management strategies are designed to improve lung and respiratory health through structured self-management plans with regular practitioner reviews. Strategies have not however focused upon how patient support groups and advocacy networks can help with the management of these conditions, therefore it is unknown what impact they may have on patient self-management. A qualitative study was designed to help understand what impact the British Lung Foundation’s (BLF) Breathe Easy (BE) groups have with patients managing their lung and respiratory conditions.

A semi-structured telephone interview schedule was developed to study the network. Topics covered included: perceptions about the BE groups; current referrals systems and integration pathways; benefits of attending the BE groups; and integration of the BE groups into the respiratory pathway.

Key themes explored included: shared patient experience and peer-support; patient self-management and self-education, attendance of healthcare professionals, and the impact of integrating BE groups into the respiratory pathway. BE networks were shown to support self-care initiatives for people attending the groups and members expressed a social and educational benefit. BE networks were working with the local NHS to become an integral part of the respiratory pathway, yet, there was evidence of resistance from the health service in incorporating the networks.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1183/23120541.00076-2017
Uncontrolled keywords: lung health, respiratory health, self-management, British Lung Foundation, Breathe Easy groups
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Paula Loader
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 15:12 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:50 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/64485 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hashem, Ferhana: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2544-1350
Merritt, Rowena K.: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7767-0991
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