‘The Hidden Client’– women caring for husbands with COPD: their experience of quality of life
Article first published online: 30 AUG 2002
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 11, Issue 5, pages 613–621, September 2002
How to Cite
Bergs, D. (2002), ‘The Hidden Client’– women caring for husbands with COPD: their experience of quality of life. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 11: 613–621. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2002.00651.x
- Issue published online: 30 AUG 2002
- Article first published online: 30 AUG 2002
- Accepted for publication 22 December 2001
- family caregiver/wife caregiver;
- quality of life
• The purpose of this phenomenological study was to describe the experience of quality of life of women, taking care of husbands with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
• Unstructured, in-depth, tape-recorded personal interviews were used to collect data from six women living with husbands with COPD.
• The women ranged from 47 to 69 years in age and their husbands had given up work because of the illness.
• The wives in the study were dissatisfied with their lack of recreation, as well as support from friends, families and health care providers.
• Factors that increased the wife's quality of life were children andgrandchildren and being able to please the husband and care for him until the very end.