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Lee, Yang, Kim, Lee, Park, Nam, Kang, and Lee: Admission Care for Bell’s Palsy Patients: A Qualitative Report on Patient Experiences※
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The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of patients admitted for Bell’s palsy in a Korean medicine hospital to identify whether admission is necessary and beneficial.


A semi-structured interview was conducted on 9 patients who had experience in both the inpatient and the outpatient treatment for Bell’s palsy. Their experiences from inception of first symptoms to admission into the Facial Palsy Center in Kyung Hee University Korean Medicine Hospital were interviewed along with their thoughts and feelings. The interviews took place after discharge home at a pre-scheduled date and time in a quiet room at the hospital between July 2013 and August 2013. The subjects were purposefully selected until saturation of information was met.


Nine participants were interviewed and patients’ concerns and priorities were identified. At the acute stage, patients experienced anxiety and all of the female patients and one male patient felt embarrassed of their facial disfigurement. With time, the patients felt impatient of their symptoms and turned to Korean medicine for additional treatment. Providing psychological stability seemed to be an important factor for patients.


This study provides insight into the experiences of patients with Bell’s palsy, and is significantly the first ever qualitative report to focus on the patient’s needs and concerns during admission care for symptoms of Bell’s palsy. Admission care can provide many physical and psychological benefits for the patients especially during the acute stage.

Table 1.
Characteristics of Participants
Code Gender Age Occupation Residence Date of onset Date of admission Admission period H-B Gr at admission H-B Gr at date of interview
S001 F 30 Office worker Gyungkido 2013.06.08 2013.06.20 15 acupunct-30-5-11-2i1.gif III II
S002 M 30 Office worker Seoul 2013.06.14 2013.06.18 11 acupunct-30-5-11-2i2.gif IV II
S003 M 59 Electrician Seoul 2013.06.23 2013.07.01 5 acupunct-30-5-11-2i3.gif IV III
S004 F 44 Housewife Gyungkido 2013.07.06 2013.07.08 15 acupunct-30-5-11-2i4.gif IV III
S005 M 33 Engineer Canada 2013.07.04 2013.07.19 8 acupunct-30-5-11-2i5.gif III II
S006 F 53 Housewife Gyungkido 2013.07.10 2013.07.16 12 acupunct-30-5-11-2i6.gif IV II
S007 F 52 Housewife Seoul 2013.02.21 2013.07.04 28 acupunct-30-5-11-2i7.gif II II
S008 M 40 Production line worker Seoul 2013.06.03 2013.07.22 12 acupunct-30-5-11-2i8.gif III II
S009 F 59 Housewife Seoul 2012.070.9 2013.04.30 15 acupunct-30-5-11-2i9.gif IV III

H-B Gr : House-Brackmann grade.

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