Assessment of Severity of Symptoms among Patients with Pneumonia in Medical Ward

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  • Aphisit Tamsat Police Nursing College

Keywords:

pneumonia, severity of symptoms

Abstract

This study aimed to explore the severity of symptoms among patients with pneumonia in the medical ward. The participants were 100 patients who have been diagnosed with pneumonia by the doctor and recruited by using purposive selection technique regarding inclusion criteria. The instrument used for data collection was the pneumonia symptom severity (Marrie et al. 2004). Its content validity was tested by five experts and reported as 1.00. Four registered nurses were assigned to implement this instrument with four patients who had similar characteristics with the study’s participants. Using the intra-class correlation methods, the inter-rater reliability between the evaluators was found as .93. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics and Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient.

The results of the research revealed that patients with pneumonia had low average score of severity of symptoms (M = 9.66, SD = 4.81). The most severe symptom among patients with pneumonia was fatigue (M = 3.19, SD = 1.32), following by dyspnea (M = 2.73, SD = 1.70), sputum (M = 1.59, SD = 1.44) and cough (M = 1.36, SD = 1.17). The lowest average score of severity of symptoms was pleuritic chest pain (M = .49, SD = .75). Five symptoms that had positively significant correlated to severity of symptoms among patients with pneumonia including dyspnea, fatigue, sputum, cough, and pleuritic chest pain (r = .509 - .865, p < .00), respectively.

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04-05-2022

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Tamsat อ. Assessment of Severity of Symptoms among Patients with Pneumonia in Medical Ward. J Royal Thai Army Nurses [Internet]. 2022 May 4 [cited 2022 Jun. 29];23(1):483-9. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/JRTAN/article/view/255318

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