Creating a Social Identity for COPD

21st Jun 2017, 10:00am - 12:30pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Creating a Social Identity for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients Attending Pulmonary Exercise Rehabilitation – Dr Andrew Levy

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a debilitating lung condition that affects many people’s lives in the UK.

Pulmonary rehabilitation aims to improve the quality of life among patients who have been diagnosed with COPD using a combination of methods of support such as education and exercise. However, the effectiveness of the rehabilitation programme depends on patients completing agreed exercise goals, which many do not. This is a challenge for practitioners, who are not often trained in methods of intervention.

This workshop will explore how the pulmonary exercise rehabilitation framework can be embraced by practitioners to develop a cohesive social identity among COPD patients. Creating a shared sense of social identity can provide a basis for effective coping, a source of social support and can promote positive social integration. This will enable COPD patients to have a better quality of life and fulfil their rehabilitation goals. During the workshop, practitioners will be offered the opportunity to learn about the creation of social identity for COPD patients and how this can be implemented in practice.

Dr Andrew Levy is a Reader in Psychology at Edge Hill University and is a Health and Care Professions Council Registered Practitioner Psychologist. His research interests are in Applied Psychology, spanning Sport, Health and Exercise contexts.

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