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Purpose: The study aimed to examine the relationships between self-management behavior, pain, postoperative period, length of stay, and quality of life among patients after revascularization of peripheral artery disease within 6 months.
Design: Correlational study.
Methods: The study sample included 82 patients aged 18 years or over after revascularization of peripheral artery disease within 6 months. Convenience sampling was used during their following-up at the out-patient department at a tertiary hospital. The questionnaires included personal information questionnaire, the SF36 health survey questionnaire, the self-management behavior questionnaire, the pain visual analog scale, the postoperative period record, and the length of stay record. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, and Spearman correlation.
Main finding: The study findings also showed that the self-management behavior and the postoperative period were positively related to the quality of life (rs = .64, p < .01; and rs = .39, p < .01, respectively). Pain and length of stay were negatively related to the quality of life (rs = - .80, p < .01; and rs = - .40, p < .01, respectively)
Conclusion and recommendations: To enhance quality of life of patients with peripheral artery disease after revascularization nurses should include pain management in their care, accelerate the recovery phase to reduce the length of stay, and promote self-care behaviors when returning home.
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