The COPD Exacerbation Experience : A Qualitative Descriptive Study

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Application of a Health Behavior Theory or Model
The article “The COPD Exacerbation Experience: A Qualitative Descriptive Study” explains the health behavior of a selected population with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The author of the article conducts a research study on individuals suffering from the condition due to the high prevalence of the disease in the United States. The article undertakes a qualitative and descriptive study in a bid to understand all aspects associated with the condition and the reasons for its high prevalence. This essay will focus on analyzing the application of Social Cognitive theory to explain the health behavior of a patient population with the COPD condition. The Social Cognitive Theory focuses on understanding an individual’s behavior, based on their observations. In the health behavior, the theory explains that a patient may learn different aspects of their illness considering the signs and symptoms that they may have.
The purpose of the study was to explore the individual awareness of the patients with the COPD illness and to know whether the patients understood the different symptoms associated with the condition. The study focused on ensuring that the patients had the ability to distinguish between acute exacerbations of the condition from the mild symptom. It also sought to ensure that patients have the ability to recognize the symptoms and patterns of the condition. The Social Cognitive Theory helps the researcher to explain

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