Advanced Nurse Generalist
University of Northern Colorado
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This study aimed to define the level of understanding of self-management for patients with liver cirrhosis. A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted. Thirty cirrhotic patients (14 females and 16 males) in the Gastroenterology Department of University Medical Center, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam participated in answering the questionnaire to evaluate their knowledge about liver disease self-management. The majority of cirrhotic patients had an unsatisfactory level of knowledge regarding self management of their disease, particularly in terms of recognizing and preventing complications from hepatic encephalopathy, monitoring for liver cancer, and awareness of medications they should not use. Implications of the study for nursing practice would be to enhance the quality of patient knowledge about self-management disease in the setting and in Vietnam by providing a specialized guideline handbook for each patient with important terms about cirrhosis, self-care information, and ways to prevent and minimize the complications of cirrhosis. Further research with larger samples regarding self-management knowledge and effective ways to better prepare cirrhosis patients for self-care is needed to improve the education for these patients.
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