Factors associated with health-related quality of life among low-compliant asthmatic adults in Korea


  • This study was financially supported by the research fund of Chonnam National University Hospital, Research Institute of Clinical Medicine in 2006.


This cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted to identify the factors associated with health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in low-compliant Korean adults with asthma. The sample consisted of 178 patients referred by a physician to the education clinic at a University hospital in Korea. Stepwise multiple regression analysis revealed that previous hospital admissions, recent asthma-related symptoms within the previous week, lower peak expiratory flow rate, and lower level of asthma knowledge were independently associated with lower HRQoL and accounted for 46% of the total variance. Health care providers should focus on these factors to increase perceptions of HRQoL among low-compliant patients. Interventional strategies need to be developed to emphasize the importance of compliance to the self-monitoring regimen and management protocols. © 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Res Nurs Health 32:140–147, 2009