International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 573–579 | Cite as

Patients’ perspective of the impact of COPD on quality of life: a focus group study for patients with COPD

  • Anan JarabEmail author
  • Eman Alefishat
  • Tareq Mukattash
  • Karem Alzoubi
  • Sharrel Pinto
Research Article


Background The quality of life has been shown to be poor in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Furthermore, patients’ perspective and attitudes toward COPD and its impact on their quality of life have been remarkably ignored. Objective To explore patients’ views and perceptions regarding COPD and its impact on their quality of life. Setting COPD clinic at the Royal Medical Services Hospital, Amman, Jordan. Method Focus groups discussions to explore patients’ views and perceptions about COPD were conducted using purposive sampling technique till data saturation achieved. A predesigned topic guides including knowledge about COPD and its management and the impact of COPD on the quality of life in patients with COPD was used to facilitate discussion during the interviews. All interviews were transcribed and analyzed using a thematic analysis approach. Main outcome measure Impact of COPD on patients’ quality of life. Results The main themes emerged included information needs about COPD and its management, physical and psychological impact of COPD and reliance on others. The most commonly expressed problem was breathlessness which restricted physical activity and led to panic and anxiety attacks. Constant breathlessness coupled with anxiety can force COPD patient to avoid all physical activity and becoming reliant on others. Conclusion In addition to the lack of knowledge about COPD and its management, it was evident that COPD had a negative physical and psychological impact on COPD patients. Future disease management and clinical pharmacy services programs should address the current study findings in order to improve the health outcomes for patients with COPD.


COPD Focus group Jordan Physical impact Psychological impact Qualitative research Quality of life 



The authors wish to thank all the medical staff at the COPD clinic in the Royal Medical Services Hospital, Amman.


There was no external funding for this study.

Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anan Jarab
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eman Alefishat
    • 1
  • Tareq Mukattash
    • 1
  • Karem Alzoubi
    • 1
  • Sharrel Pinto
    • 1
  1. 1.Jordan University of Science and TechnologyIrbidJordan

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