COPD Patient: A Qualitative Study

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Study Design
This research project proposes an educational-based intervention for COPD patients in the primary care setting that is conducted by a nurse practitioner (NP), thus the utilization of a quasi-experimental study design has been selected as the most suitable for the conceptualized research project. There are several benefits associated with the selection of a quasi-experimental design, including the capability of assessing the efficacy of the NP-led educational intervention without the rigorous process of randomization of the participants in the study, which would be necessary if a randomized controlled trial (RCT) were selected (Grove, Burns, & Gray, 2013). Further, an additional advantage of the selected quasi-experimental design
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Subsequently, the post-test would have as a primary purpose that of assessing whether the proposed intervention led to a better disease self-management and prevented COPD exacerbations requiring acute treatment in the ED or in-patient care in a one-year period. Change would then be measured by a decrease in the number of reported COPD exacerbations or ED visits leading to in-hospital treatment for symptoms associated with …show more content…
Utilizing the CCQ presents with multiple benefits, including the fact that the instrument has been extensively used to assess the health status of COPD patients and it has been previously evaluated for validity and reliability (Sundh, Janson, Lisspers, Montgomery, & Ställberg, 2012). Consideration was given to the development of a new instrument, although developing an exclusive tool for this project would require a significant amount of effort and the process can be very time consuming (Bastos, Duquia, González-Chica, Mesa, & Bonamigo, 2014). Additionally, the CCQ is well-suited for use in the primary care setting and it can be self-administered (Sundh et al.,