• 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.