A qualitative study of televideo consultations for COPD patients

British Journal of Nursing, Mark Allen Group, ISSN 0966-0461

Volume 24, 4, 2015

DOI:10.12968/bjon.2015.24.4.205, Dimensions: pub.1064794166, PMID: 25723262,



  1. (1) Metropolitan University College, grid.452633.5






This article presents results from a small qualitative study investigating the experiences of patients who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with televideo consultations at home, as a supplement to conventional control and treatment. The research question was: what are the experiences and preferences of COPD patients in relation to discharge from hospital with televideo consultations? The study shows that the patients' assessments of the effectiveness and value of the televideo consultations in their everyday lives are based on tough cost-benefit calculation of the extent to which the intervention makes their lives easier or more difficult. In public settings, the expectations are high that digital mediation between clients' everyday lives and the healthcare system can strengthen patients' abilities regarding their self-management. Nonetheless, the study shows that patients have a number of reservations concerning televideo consultations at home. The patients' assessments of the service must be understood in relation to the routines and strategies developed to handle the array of problems related to a life affected by chronic illness.

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