• oxygen therapy;
  • patients' experiences;
  • chronic disease;
  • social isolation

The aim of this study, which was undertaken in patients' homes in Sweden, was to describe patients' experiences in the self-management of continuous oxygen therapy and their view of managing their chronic disease. A phenomenological approach was used. Data were collected in interviews and analysis produced four categories. The findings show that the patients need help with relief for different physiological and psychological difficulties and from social isolation. The patients had insufficient resources for daily life. They were restricted to their homes, had mobility problems and were dependent upon a continuous life rhythm. Dependence upon another family member is therefore an important factor. But even with the presence of a significant other, social isolation is prevalent.