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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 453096, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/453096
Research Article

Relationships between Pathological Patterns and Quality of Life: Pathway Analysis

1Interdisciplinary Programs, Department of Human Informatics of Oriental Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, Republic of Korea
2Department of Diagnosis and Biofunctional Medicine, College of Korean Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Seoul 130-701, Republic of Korea
3Department of Diagnosis and Biofunctional Medicine, Kyung Hee University Hospital at Gangdong, Seoul 134-727, Republic of Korea
4Department of Business Administration, Korea Christian University, Seoul 157-722, Republic of Korea
5Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kyung Hee University, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do 446-701, Republic of Korea

Received 27 March 2013; Revised 6 September 2013; Accepted 7 September 2013

Academic Editor: Bo-Hyoung Jang

Copyright © 2013 Shin-Woong Cho et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Purpose. The purpose of our study was to examine the relationships between pathological patterns and self-rated quality of life (QoL). Methods. A total of 426 Korean subjects participated in this study (male : female = 154 : 272). The subjects were asked to complete Yin Deficiency (YD), Qi Deficiency (QD), Food Stagnation (FS), Blood Stasis (BS), Phlegm, and Seven Emotions Impairment (SEI) pattern Questionnaires and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ). We formed a pathway model consisting of pathological patterns and QoL questionnaire scores and examined which pathological patterns resulted in decreased QoL using path analysis. Results. Our pathway model had satisfactory fitness levels (GFI = 0.975, NFI = 0.984, and CFI = 0.984) and showed that Phlegm and SEI patterns directly resulted in decreased QoL, whereas QD, YD, FD, and BS indirectly resulted in decreased QoL. The pathway model suggested that the severity or stage of decreased QoL may be estimated by pathological patterns: QD and YD patterns are associated with the early stage; FS and BS patterns are associated with the middle stage; Phlegm and SEI are associated with the later stage of decreased QoL. Conclusion. Our results suggest that pathological patterns directly or indirectly affect decreases in QoL.