Keywords:illness representations, coping, patients with acromegaly
The purpose of this descriptive research was to examine illness representation and coping of patients with acromegaly. Twenty-nine patients with acromegaly were purposively selected. Data were obtained by using the revised illness perception questionnaire , and the brief coping to problem experienced inventory. The data were analyzed using frequency distribution, percentage, rang, mean, and standard deviation. The results revealed the following (1) Participants perceived that the cure/controllability was personal control and that the effectiveness of treatment was at in the higher level (M = 19.55, SD = 3.92; M = 21.28, SD = 9.90, respectively) and participants perceived that acromegaly disease had negative consequences at in the moderate level (M = 21.59, SD = 6.27). (2) Coping strategies that the participants used at a high level were consisted of emotional support (M = 7.24, SD = 1.24) , active coping (M = 6.89, SD = 1.47), and acceptance (M = 6.89, SD = 1.72). The findings of this study can be as basic information for nurses can use f or counseling and nursing care planning at specific for patients with acromegaly.
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