Self-care in Chinese school-age children with nephrotic syndrome

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Purpose: To identify the levels of self-care in Chinese school-age children with primary nephrotic syndrome. Study Design and Methods: Descriptive study of 66 school-age children hospitalized at least once for nephrotic syndrome who were followed medically at the affiliated hospitals of Sun Yat-sen University. Demographic data and information about nephrotic syndrome self-care were obtained by interviewing patients' families. Frequency distributions were used for the analysis. Results: Of 66 patients studied, 60 had high levels of self-care practices. High levels of self-care were found for 83% of 6 to 8 year olds, 95% of 9 to 10 year olds, and all 11 to 12 year olds. Clinical Implications: This study can help nurses to understand cross-cultural implications of self-care practices for Chinese school-age children. The findings also can guide nurses to assess and promote self-care practices of pediatric patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-85
Number of pages5
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Pediatric nursing
  • School-age population
  • Self-care


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