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Background: Patients with chronic kidney function failure and kidney injury Stage 3 could be improved to Stage 2 or Stage 1 if they have appropriate self-management.
Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of self-management on health behaviors and kidney function of chronic illness patients with chronic kidney injury Stage 3.
Methods: A quasi-experimental study with a two-group pre-post-test design was used. The sample included diabetic and/or hypertension patients with chronic kidney injury Stage 3. Sixty patients were randomly assigned and divided into the experimental (n=30) and the control group (n=30) by match-paired age, sex, education, and period of diabetic and/or hypertension. The experimental group participated in self-management program for 12 weeks. Research instruments for data collection included personal data questionnaire, self-management behavior questionnaire and serum creatinine record. Data were analyzed using frequency, percentage, means, and standard deviation with independent t-test.
Results: Health behavior and creatinine levels of the participants in the experimental group were better than those of the control group with the significance level of .05.
Conclusions: The findings of this study suggest that patients with chronic kidney injury Stage 3 may be able to use self-management program to promote their health behaviors and eating, exercise and drug use behaviors to efficiently control their kidney function.
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