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Evaluating therapeutic change in symptom severity at the level of the individual woman experiencing severe PMS.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8200676     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Treatment effectiveness of an intervention designed for women experiencing severe Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) was assessed at the level of the individual woman since patterns of individual response are of most relevance to practitioners. Symptom severity was evaluated daily in five women across seven menstrual cycles using a time-series methodology. Three symptom severity patterns emerged from the baseline data analysis: a "classic" PMS pattern, a premenstrual magnification pattern and a social week pattern. Patterns of therapeutic response emerged from the time-series analysis of post-treatment data compared with baseline symptom severity patterns: a "normalized" response pattern where symptom severity declined to a mild, cyclic process and an "unstable" response pattern that remained reactive. Treatment effects for menstrual cycle phenomena may be evaluated using the "normalizing" or "unstable" patterns as clinical indicators.
D L Taylor
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Image--the journal of nursing scholarship     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0743-5150     ISO Abbreviation:  Image J Nurs Sch     Publication Date:  1994  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-07-01     Completed Date:  1994-07-01     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8400753     Medline TA:  Image J Nurs Sch     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  25-33     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Department of Family Health Care Nursing, University of California-San Francisco.
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MeSH Terms
Data Interpretation, Statistical*
Menstrual Cycle
Nursing Assessment*
Premenstrual Syndrome / classification*,  nursing*,  physiopathology,  psychology
Reproducibility of Results
Sampling Studies
Severity of Illness Index*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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