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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2014;20(1):62-71.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2014.20.1.62    Published online March 31, 2014.
Effects of Sanhujori and Menopausal Adaptation on Health-related QOL in Middle-aged Women
Moon Jeong Kim, Kyung Ja Kang
College of Nursing, Jeju National University, Jeju, Korea. kkyungja@jejunu.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
This study investigated the effects of menopausal adaptation and Sanhujori (Korean traditional postnatal care) on the Health-related quality of life in middle-aged women.
METHODS
Women aged from 45 to 60 completed questionnaires consisting of SF-36 ver. 2 and menopausal adaptation scale between July to Aug, 2013. Two hundred and eighteen participants' data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, ANOVA, Pearson's correlation coefficient and multiple regression.
RESULTS
Physical health (69.5+/-15.1) was better than mental health (68.8+/-17.1), and bodily pain and social functioning were the same results as 2009 general U.S. population, with the sub-variables of quality of life being lower. Menopausal adaptation was at moderate level, and correlation of its sub-variables with quality of life were significant: fatigue (r=.60, p<.001), accomplishing feeling (r=.55, p<.001), confidence (r=.54, p<.001), dryness (r=.51, p<.001), flush (r=.38, p<.001), dominance (r=-.36, p<.001), stability (r=.26, p<.001). Fatigue, confidence, stability, period of sanhujori, and dryness revealed as influencing quality of life, while the total variation explained by these components was at 52%.
CONCLUSION
To improve quality of life of middle aged women, health care providers need to provide nursing intervention to relieve fatigue and dryness; and address psychosocial concerns with developing nursing strategies to improve stability and confidence. For post-partum women, enough periods of sanhujori needs to be recommended.
Key Words: Postnatal care; Menopause; Middle-aged women; Quality of life


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