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Master of Health Information Science


Health Information Science


Dr. Deborah Fitzsimmons


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is characterized by the progressive decline of lung function. Despite being twice more likely to develop COPD, very little focus has been placed on understanding the impact of this disease on veterans and/or their spouses who have it. The aim of this hermeneutical phenomenological study was to understand the lived experiences of Canadian veterans and/or their spouses with COPD. In addition to their knowledge and experience with the information and services provided to them. Thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews were used to reveal themes. The themes included: I don’t feel so good; having to stop and rest; we’re walking a marathon; they had good services; and ignorance is bliss when it comes to being informed. This study provides insight on the impact of COPD as well as the experience of the participants with information and healthcare services available. The implications for practice are also discussed.