Patients with COPD and their resident loved ones: Home Sweet Home ?

Nienke Nakken

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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience symptoms such as shortness of breath and fatigue, which can inhibit their daily activities. Relatives who live with these patients often play an important caregiving role. The Home Sweet Home study found that 29% of these relatives had a respiratory condition themselves, 33% were smokers, and 92% had at least one chronic condition. The relatives struggled to name the patient's key problem activity and the reasons for this were very diverse. Relatives who live with the patient must become more involved in the patient's COPD treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Wouters, Emiel, Supervisor
  • Spruit, Martijn, Supervisor
  • Janssen, Daisy, Co-Supervisor
Award date4 May 2017
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs978 94 6159 676 5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • COPD
  • relatives
  • caregivers
  • home situation
  • ADL

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