Symptoms and functional performance in Korean immigrants with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Sookyung Park, Nancy A. Stotts, Marilyn K. Douglas, DorAnne Donesky-Cuenco, Virginia Carrieri-Kohlman

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Abstract

Objectives: People with chronic obstructive lung diseases often experience a variety of symptoms. Few studies, however, have described these symptoms in detail. This study sought to examine concurrent symptoms, symptom clusters, and the effects of symptoms on functioning in Korean immigrants with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Methods: Outpatients with asthma or COPD participated in this cross-sectional, correlational study. Symptoms, dyspnea, mood, and functional performance were assessed with questionnaires. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze the data. Results: The most frequently reported symptom was shortness of breath. Three factors emerged from 16 symptoms. Age, mean severity score of 7 symptoms, working status, level of acculturation, and level of education explained significant variance in functional performance. Conclusion: The symptom cluster, consisting of 7 symptoms, showed the greatest effect on levels of functioning, which emphasizes the importance of assessment for coexisting symptoms in populations with these diseases.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-237
Number of pages12
JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Functioning
  • Korean immigrants
  • Symptoms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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