The purpose of this concept analysis is to examine the health-related quality of life in patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).BACKGROUND:
COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with moderate to severe COPD has not been clearly defined.DESIGN:
Walker and Avant's concept analysis methodology was employed.REVIEW METHODS:
The author examined articles focusing on QoL, HRQoL, and HRQoL in COPD.RESULTS:
The concept analysis explores the negative consequences related to COPD while defining HRQoL and the characteristics of positive HRQoL.CONCLUSION:
Patients living with COPD should be assessed for HRQoL status.