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27-02-2018 | Uitgave 6/2018

Quality of Life Research 6/2018

Health-promoting behaviors benefit the mental health of cirrhotic outpatients

Quality of Life Research > Uitgave 6/2018
Hui-Chuan Huang, Kuan-Chia Lin, Chia-Shin Wu, Nae-Fang Miao, Ming-Yao Chen



The objectives of this study were to survey the frequency of engaging in a health-promoting lifestyle in patients with liver cirrhosis, and examine the mediating effects of a health-promoting lifestyle on relationships of symptoms and psychological distress with the quality of life (QOL).


A cross-sectional study was conducted to recruit 148 cirrhotic outpatients from the gastroenterology outpatient department of one medical university hospital. All study participants completed self-administered questionnaires comprising a multidimensional symptoms scale, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, short-form Chinese health-promoting lifestyle profile, and the Taiwanese version of the Short-Form 36. Hierarchical linear regression and mediation models were used to evaluate the effect of a health-promoting lifestyle on the QOL.


Results showed these cirrhotic outpatients reported low frequencies of health-promoting behaviors in their daily activities and had poor mental health but superior physical health. The hierarchical linear regression model found that depression, anxiety, and a health-promoting lifestyle were significant determinants of mental health. The mediation analysis further identified that a health-promoting lifestyle acted as a significant mediator which ameliorated the effects of depression and anxiety on the mental health aspect of the QOL.


A health-promoting lifestyle can improve the mental health of the QOL. Healthcare professionals can develop effective health-promoting interventions to manage and improve the mental health of cirrhotic patients.

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