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Improvement in Quality of Life and Activities of Daily Living in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis with the Use of Health Education and Patient Health Empowerment

Xiancui Zhang, Weizhen Xi, Ling Liu, Lingling Wang

(Nursing Department, Yijishan Hospital Affiliated to Wannan Medical College, Wuhu, Anhui, China (mainland))

Med Sci Monit 2019; 25:4602-4608

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.914487

BACKGROUND: The management of quality of life (QoL) in patients with cirrhosis is important due to the chronic nature of compensated cirrhosis. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of health education using health empowerment theory in patients with liver cirrhosis.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: Between January 2014 and November 2014, 30 patients who were hospitalized with liver cirrhosis patients were recruited to the study, as the study group. Health education was conducted using the principles of health empowerment theory. Between January 2013 and November 2013, 30 hospitalized cirrhosis patients were recruited as the control group, who were given conventional health education. The QoL scores and Health-Promoting Lifestyle Profile II (HPLP II) scores were evaluated at hospital discharge and at two-month follow-up. The health knowledge awareness rate, activity of daily living (ADL), and health-promoting lifestyles were evaluated.
RESULTS: On discharge from the hospital, understanding of the major clinical symptoms, etiology, diet and nutrition, use of medication, treatment, and disease awareness rates were significantly higher in the study group compared with the control group (all P<0.05). There were significant differences in ADL scores between the two groups at two-month follow-up (81.5±15.5 vs. 68.5±15.4; P=0.006). All HPLP II scores were higher in the study group compared with the control group at hospital discharge and at two-month follow-up (all P<0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Patient health empowerment can improve the cognitive level and health behaviors of patients with liver cirrhosis, improve their ability to perform ADL, and improve their QoL.

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