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Chronic Respiratory Illness : Experience of Illness - Simon J. Williams

Chronic Respiratory Illness

Experience of Illness

Paperback Published: 17th June 1993
ISBN: 9780415076579
Number Of Pages: 160

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Chronic obstructive airways disease (COAD: bronchitis, emphysema and chronic asthma) is a major medical, psychological, social and economic problem. Breathlessness is one of the most distressing and disabling symptoms of COAD, and it has long been apparent that the condition results in impaired quality of life. Drawing upon sociological and psychological sources, and his own detailed research in this area, Simon Williams sesitively portrays the meaning, experience and impact of COAD. Sufferers' and their families' own accounts are used to portray the various stages and aspects of COAD, ranging from the experience of symptoms and the management of medical regimens, to the practical problems it creates in daily life and the more diffuse and intangible ways in which it impinges on social and family life. He also provides a comprehensive review of the psychosocial literature and concludes by discussing some of the policy implications for health care professionals.

Editor's preface
Author's preface
Chronic obstructive airways disease: clinical nature and epidemiologyp. 1
The subjective experience and management of symptomsp. 8
Medical carep. 31
Practical problems of daily lifep. 55
Problems of work and incomep. 78
Social and family lifep. 100
Conclusions and policy implicationsp. 131
Referencesp. 135
Name indexp. 141
Subject indexp. 143
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ISBN: 9780415076579
ISBN-10: 0415076579
Series: Experience of Illness
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 17th June 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 14.0  x 0.91
Weight (kg): 0.2
Edition Number: 1