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Symptom experience in Korean patients with liver cirrhosis

Title
Symptom experience in Korean patients with liver cirrhosis
Authors
Kim, SHOh, EGLee, WHKim, OSHan, KH
Ewha Authors
김옥수
SCOPUS Author ID
김옥수scopus
Issue Date
2006
Journal Title
JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT
ISSN
0885-3924JCR Link
Citation
vol. 31, no. 4, pp. 326 - 334
Keywords
symptomexperienceliver cirrhosis
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC
Indexed
SCIE; SCOPUS WOS
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.
DOI
10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2005.08.015
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