Essay on Copd Longterm Conditions
Within the confines of this assignment, it is the hope of the author that the reader will obtain an understanding of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This will be achieved by bringing the reader through the patients’ illness journey. The assignment will begin by defining COPD and briefly going through the pathophysiology and incidents of the condition. From there the reader will embark on the journey, starting with diagnosis.
The author will attempt to give an in-depth exploration of the next stage, living for today while also discussing the Health Care Professionals’ role in providing a holistic approach to care. As COPD is a progressive lung disease (Kennedy, 2011) Symptom management is a major part of …show more content…
Living for today:
As with other chronic long term diseases, treatment and care is based on preventing further damage to the patient and dealing with symptoms rather than evoking a cure. Despite this, it is common for patients to have poor adherence to treatment which along with resulting in increased rates of morbidity, increased healthcare expenditure, more frequent hospitalisations, possible mortality and an unnecessary escalation of therapy, it also leads to an unnecessary diminished quality of life.