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J Korean Acad Nurs. 2015 Dec;45(6):812-822. Korean. Original Article.
An H , Nho JH , Yoo S , Kim H , Nho M , Yoo H .
Department of Nursing, Asan Medical Center, Seoul, Korea.
College of Nursing, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, Korea.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of lifestyle intervention on the development of fatigue, nutritional status and quality of life of patients with gynecologic cancer. METHODS: A nonequivalent control group quasi-experimental design was used. Participants were 49 patients with gynecologic cancer. They were assigned to the experiment group (n=24) or the control group (n=25). The lifestyle intervention for this study consisted of physical activity, nutritional education, telephone call counseling, health counseling, monitoring for lifestyle, and affective support based on Cox's Interaction Model of Client Health Behavior and was implemented for six weeks. RESULTS: Significant group differences were found for fatigue (p =.037), nutritional status (p =.034) and social/family well-being (p =.035) in these patients with gynecologic cancer. CONCLUSION: Results indicate that this lifestyle intervention is effective in lessening fatigue, and improving nutritional status and social/family well-being. Therefore, nurses in hospitals should develop strategies to expand and provide lifestyle interventions for patients with cancer.

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