Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients With Moderate to Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Concept Analysis

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Abstract

AIM:

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.

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