Virtual consultations as follow up on home oxygen therapy for patients with COPD: A patient perspective

Hannah Clement Schmidt, Gunhild Tulinius, Helle Marie Christensen

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Introduction: Patients with severe COPD accounts for 40 percent of the patients being treated with home oxygen therapy in Denmark. The Department of Respiratory Medicine offers a semi-annually follow up but experiences many absences and cancellations. Patients were therefore offered virtual consultation as an alternative to physical attendance.Aims and objectives: To uncover patients´ experiences of virtual consultation, thereby ensuring a patient-centered clinical practice for patients with COPD being treated with home oxygen therapy.Methods: A qualitative study encompassing semi-structured interviews with 20 patients was conducted during the winter 2021. The patients had tried or been given the opportunity of virtual consultation. Data was analyzed inspired by Kvale et al. focusing on the patient’s perspectives on virtual consultation.Results: The patients expressed an experience that everyday life was characterized by limited resources in terms of energy and air, which, among other things, resulted in unwanted dependence on other people. The virtual consultation was considered air- and energy preserving due to avoiding transportation, waiting time, handling oxygen tanks, and not having to involve others for help with transportation. Most participants emphasized their fear and vulnerability in relation to Covid-19 infection, so being able to stay at home was a welcome initiative.Conclusions: The patients´ perspective showed that follow up of home oxygen therapy as a virtual consultation was considered a qualitative offer. The chosen method thus proving relevant in uncovering patients´ attitudes.FootnotesCite this article as: European Respiratory Journal 2021; 58: Suppl. 65, OA1508.This abstract was presented at the 2021 ERS International Congress, in session “Prediction of exacerbations in patients with COPD”.This is an ERS International Congress abstract. No full-text version is available. Further material to accompany this abstract may be available at (ERS member access only).
TidsskriftEuropean Respiratory Journal
Udgave nummerSuppl. 65
Sider (fra-til)OA1508
StatusUdgivet - 5. sep. 2021
BegivenhedERS International Congress 2021 -
Varighed: 5. sep. 20218. sep. 2021


KonferenceERS International Congress 2021