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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/158822
Type:
Presentation
Title:
A Representational Approach in Chronic Illness
Abstract:
A Representational Approach in Chronic Illness
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2002
Author:Heidrich, Susan, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:University of Wisconsin
Title:Professor
Contact Address:School of Nursing, Clinical Sciences Center H6/150, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI, 53792-2455, USA
Contact Telephone:608.263.5191
Representational approaches may guide the development of nursing interventions to improve symptom management. However, these approaches have typically focused on single symptoms or, in the case of common sense models, single illnesses. In old age, persons experience multiple chronic health problems accompanied by numerous, often vague, symptoms. Many of these symptoms are perceived to be a consequence of aging rather than illness. In order to provide groundwork for a representational intervention for symptom management in older women, a study was conducted to (1) compare the symptom experiences and representations of older women with and without breast cancer (BC), a chronic illness in old age, and (2) investigate the role of symptom representations and symptom management strategies on quality of life and mental health. Participants were 18 women with BC and 24 without BC, aged 64 to 87 (M=75), who participated in interviews. There were no differences between groups on demographic characteristics, number of symptoms (M=12, range=2 - 24), severity of symptoms, or number of health problems (M=5). Women most often attributed the cause of their symptoms to aging (n=206 attributions), chronic illness (n=163), or "don't know" (n=100), but not to breast cancer (n=16). Women with BC were, however, significantly more likely to attribute their symptoms to BC. Attributing symptoms to chronic illness (but not to aging) was significantly related to more depression, more social and role impairment, and poorer mental health. Issues in the development of a representational symptom management intervention for older women with breast cancer based on the results of this study will be discussed
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleA Representational Approach in Chronic Illnessen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/158822-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">A Representational Approach in Chronic Illness</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2002</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Heidrich, Susan, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Wisconsin</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">School of Nursing, Clinical Sciences Center H6/150, 600 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI, 53792-2455, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">608.263.5191</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">smheidrich@wisc.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Representational approaches may guide the development of nursing interventions to improve symptom management. However, these approaches have typically focused on single symptoms or, in the case of common sense models, single illnesses. In old age, persons experience multiple chronic health problems accompanied by numerous, often vague, symptoms. Many of these symptoms are perceived to be a consequence of aging rather than illness. In order to provide groundwork for a representational intervention for symptom management in older women, a study was conducted to (1) compare the symptom experiences and representations of older women with and without breast cancer (BC), a chronic illness in old age, and (2) investigate the role of symptom representations and symptom management strategies on quality of life and mental health. Participants were 18 women with BC and 24 without BC, aged 64 to 87 (M=75), who participated in interviews. There were no differences between groups on demographic characteristics, number of symptoms (M=12, range=2 - 24), severity of symptoms, or number of health problems (M=5). Women most often attributed the cause of their symptoms to aging (n=206 attributions), chronic illness (n=163), or &quot;don't know&quot; (n=100), but not to breast cancer (n=16). Women with BC were, however, significantly more likely to attribute their symptoms to BC. Attributing symptoms to chronic illness (but not to aging) was significantly related to more depression, more social and role impairment, and poorer mental health. Issues in the development of a representational symptom management intervention for older women with breast cancer based on the results of this study will be discussed</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T21:25:49Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T21:25:49Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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