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Symptom Cluster in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2015, 11(11), pp.277-293
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Kim, GyngDuck 1 kim kyung hae 2

1동양대학교
2경북보건대학교

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ABSTRACT

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to identify symptom cluster in pancreatic cancer patients and to determine correlation between them. A convenience sample of 217 patients recruited from the four hospitals in Korea were surveyed by the NCCN-FACT FHSL-18 and the FACT-H questionnaires. Factor analysis confirmed four symptom clusters which were named as follows: pain-fatigue cluster (Factor 1), pancreas dysfunction related cluster (Factor 2), sleep disturbance-weight loss-deterioration in QOL satisfaction cluster (Factor 3), and gastrointestinal-disable activity cluster (Factor 4). The inter-correlations among these four symptom clusters were high (r=.4-.81, p<.001). The results supported that pancreatic cancer patients were experiencing four symptom clusters which were interrelated to each other.

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