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Master of Science (MS)
Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences
Nedra K. Christensen
Approximately 10% of cystic fibrosis (CF) cases remain undiagnosed until age 18 or later and medical professionals are still unclear about the needs of these individuals. Adults with CF iii must either adapt to life with a chronic disease or transition into adulthood with CF. The purpose of this study was to address the impact of age-at-diagnosis on quality of life in a CF adult population.
The psychological functioning of 21 adult CF patients (seven adult-diagnosed (AD) and 14 pediatric-diagnosed (PD)) was assessed using the Beck Depression Index (BDI)-II. A descriptive review of demographic and clinical data, which included an assessment of the financial impact of active outpatient medications, was also conducted among patients in both groups.
The incidence of depression among participants was relatively low and appeared independent of age-at-diagnosis. Differences between AD and PD patients with CF in terms of demographic and clinical parameters were also minimal. (96 pages).
Israelsen, Marlene, "Identification of Factors Affecting Susceptibility to Depression and Influencing Quality of Life in Adult Cystic Fibrosis Patients Based on Age-At-Diagnosis" (2005). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 5525.
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