Use of solution-focused brief therapy to enhance therapeutic communication in patients with COPD
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Use of solution-focused brief therapy to enhance therapeutic communication in patients with COPD

Steve Smith Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Care at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen
Pamela Kirkpatrick Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health and Social Care at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

Steve Smith and Pamela Kirkpatrick put the case for a patient-centred framework for safe, effective care

Most people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) go undiagnosed and many of those who are diagnosed receive only symptomatic treatment. The difficulty of engaging patients with COPD in effective treatment plans is recognised, and healthcare professionals stress the importance of good communication. There is little in the literature to suggest how practitioners can provide this advanced, patient-centred care. The authors of this article argue that solution-focused brief therapy provides a framework for nurses to deliver safe, effective care that builds on ‘what is well’ with the patient and places their needs and agenda at the centre of care. They offer examples of techniques that can enhance practice, supported by case illustrations.

Correspondence steve.smith@rgu.ac.uk

Primary Health Care. 23, 10,27-32. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.12.23.10.27.e742

Received: 21 January 2013

Accepted: 12 June 2013

Published in print: 29 November 2013

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared.