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COPD and emotional distress: not always noticed and therefore untreated

COPD and emotional distress: not always noticed and therefore untreated

Dury, Rona (2016) COPD and emotional distress: not always noticed and therefore untreated. British Journal of Community Nursing, 21 (3). pp. 138-141. ISSN 1462-4753 (doi:10.12968/bjcn.2016.21.3.138)

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Abstract

There are more than three million people in the UK living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Focus tends to be on the physical effects of the condition; however, many patients living with COPD develop mental health symptoms that could go unnoticed and therefore untreated. The community nurse’s role includes the management of patients with complex long-term conditions, which may include mental health issues. However, training to support patients whose condition includes a mental health component has long been considered inadequate and may lead to under diagnosis. Compared with other patients with long-term conditions, patients with COPD recount worse psychological functioning and greater psychological distress. Health-care workers’ lack of mental health knowledge may be a contributory factor to why only a small proportion of patients are diagnosed and receive effective treatment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: COPD; Emotional stress; Community nursing; Mental health; Long-term conditions
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Adult Nursing & Paramedic Science
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2017 08:39
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT a
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/15253

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