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|Title: ||Impacts of Fatigue, Stress, and Perceived Health Status on Women With Rheumatic Diseases: A Comparison Study|
|Authors: ||Hung, Hsuan-Man;Chen, Ming-Fu;Chen, Chung-Hey|
|Contributors: ||輔英科技大學 護理系|
|Keywords: ||women's health;stress;fatigue;rheumatic diseases|
|Issue Date: ||2020-09-14 10:57:22 (UTC+8)|
|Abstract: ||Background |
Rheumatic conditions, which increase in prevalence as populations age, are a growing public health problem that disproportionately affects women. Understanding the influences of rheumatic diseases (RDs) on fatigue, stress, and perceived health status is deemed important to the improvement of physical and mental health for women with RDs.
This study was designed to compare the fatigue, stress, and perceived physical and mental health status of women with RDs (RD group) with those of peers who did not have chronic illnesses (comparison group).
A cross-sectional, purposive sample and comparative design was used. Four hundred forty-three women with a mean age of 46.2 years participated in this study. Those with physician-diagnosed RDs (n = 212) were enrolled in the RD group, and those without chronic disease were enrolled in the comparison group (n = 231). Measures used included a demographic datasheet, Fatigue Severity Scale, Perceived Stress Scale, and Short Form-12 Items Health Survey. Analysis of covariance was used to examine the intergroup differences for major variables based on demographic covariates.
The RD group reported significantly more fatigue and stress than the comparison group. Moreover, the RD group reported significantly poorer perceived physical health status, significantly poorer physical functioning and general health, and greater bodily pain compared with the comparison group. Conversely, the RD group reported significantly better perceived mental health status, significantly lower vitality, and better role emotional status than the comparison group.
Conclusions/Implications for Practice
The findings support the theory that RDs have a negative impact on perceived stress and fatigue in women. Physical function, bodily pain, and general health may be the most significantly affected domains of perceived physical health in women with RDs. Of note, with the exception of the vitality subscale, RDs did not adversely affect the perceived mental health of participants with RD in this study. Healthcare professionals should cooperate with clinical rheumatologists, psychologists, and physiotherapists to provide comprehensive care that includes long-term education to help patients with RD self-manage stress, restore vitality, relieve pain, and increase physical function.
|Relation: ||The Journal of Nursing Research,28(3),e89|
|Appears in Collections:||[護理系] 期刊論文|
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