Being Asthmatic Attack Coming with Torture : Illness Experiences of Overweight School-Age Children with Asthma

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Chutikarn Wattana
Surasak Treenai

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          This qualitative research methodology guided by Husserl phenomenology aimed to study the illness experiences of overweight school-age children with asthma. The key informants in this research were 10 asthmatic school-age patients who were overweight aged 6 – 12 years, and were admitted to the respiratory special clinic at the pediatric center, for at least 1 year. The data were collected by in-depth interview. The data were analyzed using Colaizzi's method. “Being asthmatic attack coming with torture” is one of the important points of this study. This issue has reflected that all patients have to live with the asthmatic attack no matter where they are and what they are doing. The asthmatic attack acts like a shadow following you anywhere, and the symptom is not just a common unpleasant feeling, but it is “tiredness and torture”.
            These findings create a clearer understanding of the illness experience of asthmatic school-age who were overweight. The research data can be used as basic information by applying guidelines for nursing care to reduce suffering from asthma which is consistent with health problems. Also, this is a fundamental information for organizing programs related to further research.

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