Although greater reliance is now placed on evidence-based advice and nursing care for UIA patients to prevent aneurysm rupture (Wagner & Stenger, 2005; You et al., 2010), effective nursing support for UIA patients who choose nonintervention or who are in the midst of decision-making conflicts has not been sufficiently discussed so far.
One of these studies was a qualitative and inductive investigation of the lived experience of 17 patients who, at the time of the research, had been diagnosed with UIA at least 1 year previously.
We extracted verbatim the data that qualitatively illustrated patients' lived experience impacted by harboring UIA. Data were coded and integrated to identify common themes.
The second patient group comprised 11 newly registered UIA patients (age range = 49-76 years), who were tested with the revised provisional scale and other measurements, which were then used for construct validation.
Furthermore, we hypothesized as discriminant validity that the PCS score in SF-8 would not correlate with the UIA-PW scale due to the asymptomatic nature of UIA.
with UIA and who had been included in a clinical follow-up program for at least 2 weeks.
At the two urban institutions, the physicians introduced us to UIA patients at the end of their follow-up consultation.
A descriptive name was given to each of the five factors: (a) psychological stability (eight items), (b) trust in healthcare resources (five items), (c) satisfaction with decision-making process (four items), (d) positive perception of self-management (four items), and (e) confidence in UIA knowledge (four items).
Moreover, the group with UIA [less than or equal to] 3 mm scored higher than those with UIA 3.1-6.9 mm.
The items generated by the former were strictly based on patients' lived experience so that they would reflect a wide range of patients' psychosocial well-being in their daily lives with UIA. This allows health professionals to capture individual psychosocial well-being comprehensively within a short time during their periodic visits.
Moreover, "Sense of living a normal life," another tentative dimension, purported to show how well the participants lived their normal life before and after the diagnosis of UIA. However, given the significant overlap with items in the "Psychological stability" dimension, we decided to integrate the two dimensions into one.
Factor 1, "Psychological Stability," illustrates the extent to which UIA patients are able to maintain their psychological status and live a normal life without excessive anxiety and fear related to UIA.