Video resources for people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: An exploratory qualitative study

16 May 2023

Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition characterised by an obstructive ventilatory pattern1 and is considered a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide 2-3. Ensuring patients can access suitable health related information is a key behaviour for optimal self-management.4 Individuals are becoming increasingly reliant on online resources when acquiring health information,5 however the quality of such information remains variable.6 Ensuring good quality of online-based COPD information and determining perceptions of people with COPD of the use of online resources is an important factor in the successful implementation of a digital resource7.

Objectives: To assess and evaluate opinions of a digital magazine resource for people with COPD ( and understand the experiences of those people in accessing digital online video content for the management of COPD.

Methods: An inductive approach through purposive sampling was used. Semi-structured interviews and focus groups alongside eHEALS questionnaire were conducted with people with COPD, and with carers of people with COPD, who were asked to review the magazine. A thematic analysis process was followed to ensure that the richness of the data was captured. 

Results: Four main themes were identified: Traditional Preferences, Accessibility, Educational Content and Delivery of Materials. Some participants demonstrated a lack of digital competency, historically struggling to find a variety of trustworthy digital sources of information. Other participants found the use of videos in the digital magazine helpful but requested for the delivery of information to be by both people with COPD and healthcare professionals. Some participants requested the content to be inclusive of those who had hearing and visual loss. 

Conclusion: More consideration on how to ensure accessibility, inclusivity and address digital competencies is crucial; this might include offering opportunities for patients to interact socially to improve digital competency and health literacy for people who have COPD. 

Resource information

Respiratory conditions
  • COPD
Respiratory topics
  • Rehabilitation
Type of resource
  • COPD Right Care
Munich 2023
Nathan Skidmore 1, Jenny Alexanders 1, Laura Cordova-Rivera 1, Sian Williams 2, Joe Casson 2, Clare Cook 3, Mark Orme 4, Kirsti Loughran 1 1 Teesside University, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom, 2 IPCRG, London, United Kingdom, 3 The Primary Care Respiratory Society, Bristol, United Kingdom, 4 University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
Right Care
  • COPD
  • Patient Education

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