Perceived Life Changes in Adults with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome and Kaposi's Sarcoma Utilizing a Behavioral Systems Model.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The lack of documentation regarding the true impact of an AIDS diagnosis leaves care providers, especially nurses, guessing at appropriate patient management. The objectives of this study were 1 to describe perceived life changes occurring in adult AIDS patients with Kaposis Sarcoma in terms of occurrence, direction, quality, and importance, from a nursing perspective 2 to evaluate the Derdiarian Behavioral System Model DBSM Instrument for validity, comprehensiveness, and reliability in an AIDS population. Using a descriptive design, a convenience sample of 30 outpatients, with AIDS and Kaposis Sarcoma, were interviewed. Data analysis included frequency studies, internal consistency analysis, a limited test-retest Pearson product-moment correlation, and a judge panel. Results provided measurable dimensions of perceived life changes in terms of occurrence, direction, quality, and importance. Major areas of perceived change included dermatiological manifestations, sexual expression, abilitydesire to achieve, and emotional stability.
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