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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Identify barriers, problems, or issues that may affect chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients outcomes including cultural diversity and healthcare literacy.

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Barriers and problems that affect Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients.

First, I will start by defining the COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease): it is a chronic lung condition which affects the air flow to the lungs. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two conditions that contribute to COPD. Chronic bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial walls that carry air to the lungs while emphysema is the destruction of the alveoli (air sacs) at the end of the air passages (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2014).

Second I will define health literacy; it is the ability to read, understand and behave according to the received healthcare information. It is important for patients before taking any healthcare decision to receive and understand the information related to their condition and the outcomes related. Diminished healthcare literacy is more prominent among elder age groups and low-income populations. A US systematic review of 85 studies has shown that healthcare literacy is related to low level of education, age, and ethnic background and this differs among ...

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In this topic, the definition of COPD is handled in addition to understanding the meaning of health literacy and how it can affect patients with chronic conditions by means of adherence to medications and maintaining a good quality of life. Finally, it mentions the different barriers that can influence the outcome of patients with chronic condition as physical, psychological, cognitive, economic, and social barriers.