An observational, longitudinal study on the home environment of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the research protocol of the Home Sweet Home study

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) represents an important public health challenge. Patients are confronted with limitations during activities of daily living (ADLs). Resident loved ones of patients with COPD may be uniquely positioned to witness these limitations. COPD may have an impact on not only the patients' life, but also on the lives of the resident loved ones. Furthermore, COPD exacerbation-related hospital admissions often occur in patients with COPD. However, whether and to what extent these admissions influence resident loved ones' burden and health status remains currently unknown. Therefore, the primary objectives of this study are to investigate the differences between patients with COPD and resident loved ones' perceptions of patients' health status and problematic ADLs and to study prospectively the effects of a COPD exacerbation on resident loved ones' perceptions of patients' health status and problematic ADLs. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: An observational, longitudinal study will be performed in 192 patients with COPD and their 192 resident loved ones. Primary outcomes are daily functioning, ADL, disease-specific health status, generic health status and dyspnoea. These will be assessed during home visits at baseline and after 12 months. Additional home visits will be performed when a COPD exacerbation-related hospital admission occurs during the 12-month follow-up period. ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: This protocol was approved by the Medical Ethics Committee of the Catharina Hospital Eindhoven, the Netherlands (NL42721.060.12/M12-1280) and is registered in the Dutch Trial Register (NTR3941).
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere006098
Number of pages7
JournalBMJ Open
Volume4
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

Keywords

  • CHRONIC ORGAN FAILURE
  • FAMILY CARERS
  • PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY
  • PALLIATIVE CARE
  • HEART-FAILURE
  • DAILY-LIFE
  • COPD
  • VALIDATION
  • ILLNESS
  • EXACERBATIONS

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