An investigation into the differing health information needs of patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Excellence in Practice: a comparison of hospice nurses' perspectives of care of the dying patient in the UK and North America

Hibberd, Alice (2014) An investigation into the differing health information needs of patients who have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Excellence in Practice: a comparison of hospice nurses' perspectives of care of the dying patient in the UK and North America. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Abstract

Background: The investigation into the differing health information needs of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), specifically analysing the link of meeting health information needs to hospital admission and the impact that the internet has on these needs.

Aim: The review aims to create a better understanding into why health information needs differ between patients and what healthcare professionals can do to insure these needs are being met. The critical review aims to highlight the importance of health education and the ways that if met it can lead to patients receiving optimum patient care.

Methods: A critical review has been undertaken of the literature and the use of Miller and Mangan’s (1983) stress-coping theoretical framework to analyse the key themes addressed in the review.

Findings: Different patients have differing health information needs due to personality differences and circumstances. It is the duty of the health care professional to endeavour to understand these differences in order to best meet patient’s needs. Although the internet can be used as a source of information, it is no substitute for the delivery of high quality personal health information specific to individual patients needs. By meeting the patients’ needs, anxiety surrounding their condition can be minimised, directly impacting on hospital admissions. Furthermore, appliance of self-management techniques could increase quality of life in COPD patients.

Conclusion: Significantly more research needs to be undertaken concerning the health information needs of patients with COPD. The findings from the critical review provide a solid basis for such research.

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: EP, Services
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2014 10:20
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2016 15:56
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/27077

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