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Experiences with, perceptions of and attitudes towards traditional Korean medicine (TKM) in patients with chronic fatigue: a qualitative, one-on-one, in-depth interview study.

Son HM, Park EY, Kim DH, Kim E, Shin MS, Kim TH - BMJ Open (2015)

Bottom Line: Qualitative, one-on-one, in-depth interview study.The motivations for choosing TKM were primarily dissatisfaction with conventional medicine and previous positive experiences with TKM.TKM may present a possible therapy to alleviate symptoms of diseases that conventional medicine does not address and is an approach that has a considerable effect on Korean patients.

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Affiliation: Department of Nursing, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, Korea.

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Relationships between categories of usage of traditional Korean medicine (TKM) in patients with chronic fatigue (coding tree).
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Mentions: Previous surveys on chronic fatigue syndrome only dealt with prevalence, physical and emotional symptoms and diagnostic features from the TCM point of view.14 However, these studies did not cover the patient's experience and perception of the usage of TKM. Qualitative content analysis is a research method used for the subjective interpretation of textual data through the process of coding and the identification of themes. It is a flexible and pragmatic research method15 for conducting qualitative research without any philosophical presumptions, using a specific qualitative research method. In this study, researchers applied qualitative content analysis to understand the patient's experience of suffering from chronic fatigue and to understand the usefulness of TKM treatment without any philosophical presumptions of the specific qualitative research methods. The goal of content analysis is to provide knowledge and understanding of the phenomenon being studied.15 All of the four researchers who conducted the interviews had participated in the overall process of whole data analysis: first, each researcher analysed the transcription of the gathered interview individually and after that they shared it with other researchers. After consecutive discussions for the reconciliation of their opinions, the researchers confirmed the concepts and generalised the data with categories. Data analysis was performed by repeatedly reading all data, line by line, to achieve data immersion. Codes were generated from the data and were sorted into categories and subcategories based on the level of abstractness and how different codes were related and linked. Relationships were identified through a comparison of the similarities and differences between the categories and subcategories. We present concepts, subcategories and categories in detail, as well as a coding tree (table 3 and figure 1).


Experiences with, perceptions of and attitudes towards traditional Korean medicine (TKM) in patients with chronic fatigue: a qualitative, one-on-one, in-depth interview study.

Son HM, Park EY, Kim DH, Kim E, Shin MS, Kim TH - BMJ Open (2015)

Relationships between categories of usage of traditional Korean medicine (TKM) in patients with chronic fatigue (coding tree).
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Related In: Results  -  Collection

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BMJOPEN2014006178F1: Relationships between categories of usage of traditional Korean medicine (TKM) in patients with chronic fatigue (coding tree).
Mentions: Previous surveys on chronic fatigue syndrome only dealt with prevalence, physical and emotional symptoms and diagnostic features from the TCM point of view.14 However, these studies did not cover the patient's experience and perception of the usage of TKM. Qualitative content analysis is a research method used for the subjective interpretation of textual data through the process of coding and the identification of themes. It is a flexible and pragmatic research method15 for conducting qualitative research without any philosophical presumptions, using a specific qualitative research method. In this study, researchers applied qualitative content analysis to understand the patient's experience of suffering from chronic fatigue and to understand the usefulness of TKM treatment without any philosophical presumptions of the specific qualitative research methods. The goal of content analysis is to provide knowledge and understanding of the phenomenon being studied.15 All of the four researchers who conducted the interviews had participated in the overall process of whole data analysis: first, each researcher analysed the transcription of the gathered interview individually and after that they shared it with other researchers. After consecutive discussions for the reconciliation of their opinions, the researchers confirmed the concepts and generalised the data with categories. Data analysis was performed by repeatedly reading all data, line by line, to achieve data immersion. Codes were generated from the data and were sorted into categories and subcategories based on the level of abstractness and how different codes were related and linked. Relationships were identified through a comparison of the similarities and differences between the categories and subcategories. We present concepts, subcategories and categories in detail, as well as a coding tree (table 3 and figure 1).

Bottom Line: Qualitative, one-on-one, in-depth interview study.The motivations for choosing TKM were primarily dissatisfaction with conventional medicine and previous positive experiences with TKM.TKM may present a possible therapy to alleviate symptoms of diseases that conventional medicine does not address and is an approach that has a considerable effect on Korean patients.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Nursing, University of Ulsan, Ulsan, Korea.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus