An exploration of self-efficacy and self-management in COPD patients.

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      Aim: This study examined if self-efficacy in managing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is associated with better mood, less breathlessness and fewer exacerbations; what helps or hinders patients in managing their chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); and patients' suggestions to improve the self-management support they receive. Background: COPD is the fifth leading cause of death in the UK, and it has been suggested that supporting self-efficacy and self-management could improve patient outcomes and reduce demands for NHS resources. Methods: An exploratory, descriptive survey involving the collection of both quantitative and semistructured qualitative data was chosen. Participants were randomly selected from four GP practices across the north east of Scotland. Results: Higher levels of self-efficacy were associated with lower levels of breathlessness, lower levels of anxiety and lower levels of depression in COPD patients. There was no association between high self-efficacy and exacerbation rates. Conclusion: Increasing self-efficacy and reducing anxiety and depression in patients living with COPD are important focus points for self-management support. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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