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Living with severe asthma: the role of perceived competence and goal achievement

Eassey, D., Reddel, H. K., Ryan, K. and Smith, L. (2021) Living with severe asthma: the role of perceived competence and goal achievement. Chronic Illness. ISSN 1745-9206

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Objective: The overall aim of this study was to examine, among individuals living with severe asthma, the role of perceived competence in achieving their goals. Methods: Qualitative research methods were used to conduct in-depth semistructured interviews. Interviews were video and/or audio recorded, transcribed and analyzed inductively and deductively, informed by the self-determination theory construct of perceived competence. Thirty-six face-to-face interviews, lasting 1.5–4 h, were conducted across Australia. Results: Feeling competent to achieve asthma goals played a role in participants’ ability to achieve broader goals. Their desire to achieve their broader goals was strongly driven by their perceived ability to master managing their condition, which at times required more than medical strategies. Two main themes were discerned from the analysis: (1) learning how to look after yourself: selfcare is important and (2) reaching an agreement with severe asthma: being at one with the illness. Discussion: This study highlighted the influence of perceived competence on self-management and goal achievement in severe asthma. Healthcare providers could explore patients’ perceived competence to set and achieve goals, as a self-management strategy. Future research should consider these findings when developing and implementing patient-driven, self-management interventions for those living with severe asthma.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Pharmacy Practice Research Group
ID Code:87130

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