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The Effect of Aloevera for Constipation in Schizophrenia Patients

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  • Department of Nursing, Daejeon University, 62 Daehak-ro, Dong-gu, Daejeon, 34520, Korea
  • Shinsaengwon, Institution of Mental Care, 115 Jinjamro 135, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, 34215, Korea

Abstract


Objectives: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of aloeon constipation in schizophrenia patients. Reduction of constipation symptoms enhances the quality of life of the patient. Methods/Statistical Analysis: Subjects included in the study were 50 schizophrenia patients. The subjects took aloevera for 4weeks. Variables were measured at baseline and again at 2 weeks and 4 weeks. Structured questionnaires were used, and data were analyzed using the IBM Statastical Package for the Social sciences (SPSS 21.0). Findings: There was a significant difference in the degree of difficulty in defecation and bowel function over time for patients using aloevera. In the experimental group, defecation frequency and feeling of incomplete evacuation changed significantly, while time spent defecating, degree of difficulty in defecating and overall bowel function did not significantly change over 4 weeks. In the control group, there was no significant difference. Improvements/Applications: Aloe had significant effects on constipation in patients with schizophrenia. However, morenon-pharmacologic intervention studies are needed.

Keywords

Aloevera, Bowel Function, Constipation, Defecation, Schizophrenia.

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