Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease part 2: non-pharmacological therapy
Donna Jones District nursing sister, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Shrewsbury, England
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common, progressive and disabling disease that causes significant burden to patients, their families, and the NHS. Research suggests that the complexity of factors contributing to the disease requires a deeper understanding of the patient experience and a more holistic approach to care provision. This, the second of two articles, discusses the non-pharmacological therapies for managing patients with COPD and explores the concept of mindfulness as a therapy in the management of breathlessness.
Nursing Standard. 29, 34,53-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.34.53.e9671
Received: 11 October 2014
Accepted: 23 January 2015
Published in print: 22 April 2015Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review