Comparison of Health-Related Quality of Life Between American and Taiwanese Heart Failure Patients

Tsuey Yuan Huang, Debra K. Moser, Shiow li Hwang, Terry A. Lennie, Misook Chung, Seongkum Heo

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Abstract

Few investigators have compared health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in heart failure (HF) patients from different countries. The purposes of this study were to compare HRQOL between American (n = 87) and Taiwanese (n = 88) HF patients and to determine factors associated with HRQOL in both groups. In this cross-sectional survey, HRQOL was measured using the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire. American patients rated their HRQOL worse than Taiwanese patients did. Sociodemographics, disease severity, and symptom severity were associated with HRQOL, accounting for 42.4% of the variance in HRQOL in Americans and 57.3% in Taiwanese. Symptom severity was the most important predictor of HRQOL in both groups. Interventions targeting symptom severity could improve HF patients’ HRQOL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-219
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • health-related quality of life
  • heart failure
  • symptom severity
  • transculture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing (all)

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