Assessment of Self Care Practices among Liver Cirrhotic Patients at Mansoura University Hospitals

Citation:
Mohammed, E. T., A. M. Shebl, and W. E. Sherif, Assessment of Self Care Practices among Liver Cirrhotic Patients at Mansoura University Hospitals, : Mansoura Univ, 2014.

Thesis Type:

MSC

Abstract:

Liver Cirrhosis is a serious and irreversible disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrotic scar tissue as well as regenerative nodules. Patients with chronic liver disease experience a variety of symptoms with profound negative impact on their self-care practices and healthy life. Working with patients with chronic liver disease requires not just dealing with the medical aspects of their disorder, but also working with the whole person-physically, emotionally and socially. The aim of this study was to assess self-care practices among liver cirrhotic patients. Descriptive correlational research design was utilized in the current study. The present study was applied on 100 adult male and female patients with confirmed diagnosis of liver cirrhosis in the hepatology units at Mansoura University hospital was involved in this study. Data related to this study were collected through designed Patient Interviews Questionnaires and Self Care Assessment Questionnaire by the researcher based on recent relevant literatures. The Study findings revealed that the majority of the study sample had the highest scores of self-care practices for physical practice, followed by spiritual practice. On the other hand, the lowest scores of self-care practices are for psychological aspect., There was inverse statistical significant relation between scores of physical, patient knowledge about liver cirrhosis and patients' age ,also there was positive statistical significant relation between scores of spiritual self-care practices, psychological self-care practices and patients' age., and there was a statistically significant relation between scores of physical self-care practices and patients' educational status., also there was a statistically significant relation between scores of social self-care practices and patients' marital status, and there was inverse statistical significance between total self-care practices and patient knowledge. Based on the findings of the study, the researcher recommended that patients should be provided simple, illustrated guide booklet, video tape, pamphlets about liver cirrhosis and its management ., cooperation of multi-disciplinary health team members to overcome their problems and needs which reflect on overall self-care practices of patients' with liver cirrhosis.

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