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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2013 Jun;43(3):409-419. Korean. Original Article.
Yoo YS , Lee EJ , Cho OH .
College of Nursing, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
Graduate School, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
College of Nursing, Jeju National University, Jeju, Korea.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe and explore the experience process of life of patients with Crohn's disease. METHODS: Using a grounded theory methodology, 24 interviews were performed with 7 men and 5 women, 17-47 years of age, suffering from Crohn's disease. RESULTS: 'Tuning of two conflicting lives' was identified as the core category, and 5 subcategories were identified and they were integrated into the core category. The identified outcomes were 'Living a withdrawn life', 'coping flexibly', 'drifting with tangled emotions' and 'maintaining long-term remission'. CONCLUSION: When caring for these patients, it is important to identify needs, allow patients to express what they want at that moment and support them in maintaining a daily life that can be perceived as normal.

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