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Symptom Experience in Korean Patients with Liver Cirrhosis

Authors
 Soo-Hyun Kim  ;  Eui-Geum Oh  ;  Won-Hee Lee  ;  Ok-Soo Kim  ;  Kwang-Hyup Han 
Citation
 TISSUE ENGINEERING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE, Vol.31(4) : 326-334, 2006 
Journal Title
 TISSUE ENGINEERING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE 
ISSN
 1738-2696 
Issue Date
2006
MeSH
Adult ; Age Factors ; Asian Continental Ancestry Group* ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Female ; Hospitalization ; Humans ; Korea ; Liver Cirrhosis/complications* ; Liver Cirrhosis/pathology ; Liver Cirrhosis/psychology ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Quality of Life ; Severity of Illness Index ; Sex Factors ; Socioeconomic Factors ; Stress, Psychological/etiology
Keywords
Symptom ; experience ; liver cirrhosis
Abstract
This study was done to examine the level of symptom experience, and symptom variation in relation to demographic and clinical variables, in Korean patients with liver cirrhosis (LC). Symptom experience was measured using a scale developed by the researchers through a literature review on LC. Participants were 129 patients whose mean age was 53.6 (standard deviation [SD] = 9.28) years. The results indicated that (1) overall symptom experience was relatively low (mean 41.67, SD 24.71); (2) the main symptoms needing a management were fatigue, abdominal distension and/or peripheral edema, and muscle cramps; and (3) among the study variables, the severity of LC (P < 0.001) and the number of hospitalizations (P = 0.014) showed a significant relationship with overall symptom experience. These results suggest that symptom assessment requires a multidimensional approach and that it is imperative to consider disease severity in developing tailored symptom management programs for Korean patients with LC.
Full Text
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885392406000492
DOI
10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2005.08.015
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Oh, Eui Geum(오의금) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6941-0708
Lee, Won Hee(이원희)
Han, Kwang-Hyub(한광협) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3960-6539
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/109828
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