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[In Exchange with COPD Patients: Towards a Patient-Oriented Communication].

[In Exchange with COPD Patients: Towards a Patient-Oriented Communication].
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Stenzel NM, Kenn K, Steinkamp G,


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Stenzel NM, Kenn K, Steinkamp G,

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Pneumologie (Stuttgart, Germany) 2017 10 05() doi 10.1055/s-0043-114961
Abstract

The quality of life can be severely impaired in patients with COPD. In addition to physical restraints, they often suffer from psychological comorbidities (e. g. anxiety, depression). Psychological comorbidities are often associated with dysfunctional beliefs about the illness and its treatment. Such dysfunctional beliefs, in turn, are likely to negatively affect patients’ quality of life as well as their communication with physicians and their illness behavior in general. It is therefore important for physicians to adapt their communication to account for patients’ dysfunctional beliefs. This paper will review the role of dysfunctional beliefs and psychological comorbidities in COPD. It will also elaborate on potential ways to adjust communication between physicians and patients accordingly.

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