I have finally (somehow!) entered my third and final year of my nursing degree, and I have to start thinking about what to do for my dissertation. That bit was easy - I want to do a literature review on asthma, as this is where my passion and knowledge lie. In particular, I want to look at brittle and difficult asthma, not only because of my own experiences but because I realise that there hasn't been a huge amount of notice taken of this minority group in the world of research.
But what to look at within this topic, now I'm stuck! I initially though about community care provision for brittle and difficult asthmatics, but then thought why not emergency treatment of these conditions? The psychological aspects? Specialist tertiary care? Improvements that need to be made to these services? Or practical nursing care for these patients?
So, my point is: what matters to you? In your experiences as people with brittle or difficult asthma (I'm not using these terms interchangably but including both), what needs highlighting or working on? What needs to change? Do you find tertiary care to be fine but emergency care a nightmare? Or do you find that a general raising of awareness of these conditions is what matters?
I hope this all makes sense - feel free to PM me for more details or with suggestions, or post below. I am aiming high and would love to get this piece of work published, and in doing so I wish to raise awareness of such a dangerous and life-limiting illness amongst both healthcare professionals and patients.
Thanks a bunch