Uncertainty, symptoms, and quality of life in persons with chronic hepatitis C

Elizabeth Clipp, Donald E. Bailey, Lawrence Landerman, Julie Barroso, Patricia Bixby, Merle H. Mishel, Andrew J. Muir, Lisa Strickland

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Abstract

Background: Chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is the most common blood-borne infection in the United States, but little is known about illness uncertainty in these patients. Objective: The authors examined the constructs of illness uncertainty. Method: In this cross-sectional study, Mishel's Uncertainty in Illness Scale was used to examine these constructs (ambiguity, complexity, inconsistency, unpredictability) and their relationships with fatigue, pain, depressive symptoms, comorbidity, and quality of life (QOL) in 126 CHC patients undergoing a watchful-waiting protocol. Results: The Ambiguity subscale had the strongest relationships with depressive symptoms, QOL, and fatigue, and three of the four subscales were significantly correlated with pain. Conclusion: The results suggest targets for patient self-management interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)138-146
Number of pages9
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Chronic Hepatitis C
Uncertainty
Quality of Life
Fatigue
Watchful Waiting
Depression
Pain
Self Care
Comorbidity
Cross-Sectional Studies
Infection
Illness
Person
Depressive Symptoms

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Applied Psychology

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Clipp, E., Bailey, D. E., Landerman, L., Barroso, J., Bixby, P., Mishel, M. H., ... Strickland, L. (2009). Uncertainty, symptoms, and quality of life in persons with chronic hepatitis C. Psychosomatics, 50(2), 138-146. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psy.50.2.138

Uncertainty, symptoms, and quality of life in persons with chronic hepatitis C. / Clipp, Elizabeth; Bailey, Donald E.; Landerman, Lawrence; Barroso, Julie; Bixby, Patricia; Mishel, Merle H.; Muir, Andrew J.; Strickland, Lisa.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 50, No. 2, 03.2009, p. 138-146.

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Clipp, E, Bailey, DE, Landerman, L, Barroso, J, Bixby, P, Mishel, MH, Muir, AJ & Strickland, L 2009, 'Uncertainty, symptoms, and quality of life in persons with chronic hepatitis C', Psychosomatics, vol. 50, no. 2, pp. 138-146. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psy.50.2.138
Clipp E, Bailey DE, Landerman L, Barroso J, Bixby P, Mishel MH et al. Uncertainty, symptoms, and quality of life in persons with chronic hepatitis C. Psychosomatics. 2009 Mar;50(2):138-146. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.psy.50.2.138
Clipp, Elizabeth ; Bailey, Donald E. ; Landerman, Lawrence ; Barroso, Julie ; Bixby, Patricia ; Mishel, Merle H. ; Muir, Andrew J. ; Strickland, Lisa. / Uncertainty, symptoms, and quality of life in persons with chronic hepatitis C. In: Psychosomatics. 2009 ; Vol. 50, No. 2. pp. 138-146.
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