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1. Assistant professor, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Centre for nursing Research, Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2. PhD candidate, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3. Associated professor, Nursing and Midwifery Faculty, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract: Background: Hepatitis is a systemic infection which has many consequences on patients’ life because of its chronic nature .Patient involvement in doing self-care is crucial for patients with chronic hepatitis in order to change their behaviours towards a healthy life style and to increase the own quality of life. The purpose of this study was to explore how chronic hepatitis patients to do self-care activities.Methods/Design: This present study was designed as a qualitative method. It is undertaken with patients living with hepatitis in a metropolitan city in the Iran. A purposive sampling method was used to recruit 18 participants. The study participants were at least 18 year-old. Data was collected through a semi-structured interview. Data analysis process performed on the texts which generate from verbatim transcripts of the participants interviews by using thematic content analysis. Results: The core-theme for the study was struggling to do self-care activities. There were three themes derived from data including seeking information with difficulties, negative perspectives of hepatitis among people and insufficient resources. Conclusion: Chronic hepatitis presents major challenges for patients with chronic hepatitis to do self-care activities. Providing appropriate information, changing negative perspective of society on hepatitis and provision sufficient facilities help Iranian patients with chronic hepatitis to do self-care activities appropriately.
[N. Mohammadi, A. HassanpourDehkordi, A. Nikbakhat Nasrabadi. Iranian Patients with Chronic Hepatitis Struggle to Do Self-Care. Life Sci J 2013;10(1):457-462]. (ISSN: 1097-8135). http://www.lifesciencesite.com. 72
Keywords: Chronic hepatitis, Struggle to do self-care Full Text 72