Table 2: Theme and subthemes for data and associated codes.

ThemeSubthemesCodes

Surviving and living well with COPD(i) Reduction in movement
- Adjusting physically to COPD(ii) Inability to carry out activities of daily living
(iii) Purposeful action
(iv) Learning curve for limiting shortness of breath
- COPD self-management:(v) Medication management
adjusting physically(vi) Limited behavioral modifications
(vii) Smoking cessation difficulty
(viii) Beliefs about origin of disease
- Coming to terms with COPD(ix) Need for disease compliant lifestyle
and the lifestyle(x) Interest in attaining predisease quality of life
(xi) Acknowledgement of progressive disease course