Stage 1 development of a patient-reported experience measure (PREM) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

Abstract

The study aimed to explore patients' experience of living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and their perspective of their community healthcare for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to extract affective responses in order to develop potential items for a patient-reported experience measure for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Qualitative face-face interviews were conducted, in the community, with 64 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease recruited from General Practices and Breathe-Easy community groups in the Outer North East, East and City areas of London and Essex, UK. A two phase analysis of the qualitative data was conducted to identify themes arising from patients' description of living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and their perceptions of their community healthcare and subsequently the affective responses underlying the themes raised by patients, which gave emotional colour to the themes, bringing the thematic analysis closer to the subjective patient experience. Five themes were identified from the interview data: 'Journey to diagnosis'; 'Smoking'; 'Usual care'; 'My everyday life'; and 'Exacerbations'. Twenty-one affective responses were identified and categorised as either 'negative', 'positive' or 'bivalent'. 'Frustration', a negative affective response was prevalent in four themes. 'Gratitude', 'hope' and 'happiness/enjoyment' were among the more positive responses more prevalent across several themes. By conducting a novel two-way analysis (thematic and affective) it was possible to identify themes and affective responses that were aligned to those themes. This enabled the development of 38 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-specific experience items to take forward for further testing including item reduction and validity and reliability in the next stage of the patient-reported experience measure development. CHRONIC LUNG DISEASE GIVING IMPORTANCE TO PATIENTS' EMOTIONS: An exploration of patient perceptions of living with chronic lung disease will help develop a new patient reported experience scale. Healthcare services are aiming to provide effective patient-centered care for those with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Such care strategies require structured, validated patient feedback scales to facilitate accurate communication between patients, carers and healthcare professionals. Susan Walker at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, UK, and co-workers analyzed qualitative data from interviews with 64 COPD patients in London and Essex regarding their emotions and perceptions of living with COPD, with the aim of creating a patient reported experience measure, or PREM. Initial results identified five themes-including 'journey to diagnosis' and 'everyday life'-and twenty-one affective responses, ranging from negative to positive. The team will take these results forward for further validation.

DOI: 10.1038/s41533-017-0047-5

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@inproceedings{Walker2017Stage1D, title={Stage 1 development of a patient-reported experience measure (PREM) for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)}, author={Susan Walker and Sharon Andrew and Matthew Hodson and Cm Roberts}, booktitle={NPJ primary care respiratory medicine}, year={2017} }