Telehealth as ‘peace of mind’: embodiment, emotions and home as the primary health space for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder

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External organisations

  • Sandwell Primary Care Trust


Purpose: To develop a theoretical understanding of why some people with COPD experienced ‘peace of mind’ when a new telehealth service was introduced into a community respiratory service (CRS).
Results: Telehealth brought peace of mind through two mechanisms: legitimising contact with health professionals and increased patient confidence in the management of their condition. When the home is the primary health space, the introduction of telehealth can modify emotional and bodily experiences to an extent that is significant for people with COPD.
Conclusions: The process by which technology can provide ‘peace of mind’ to patients with long term conditions should be taken into account when designing or commissioning a service.

Bibliographic note

Accepted 19 January2013


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-147
Number of pages7
JournalHealth & Place
Early online date7 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


  • methodology, qualitative, health spaces, home, COPD, Self-management