イルネス・アンサーテンティ（Illness Uncertainty） : “病気に関する不確かさ” 研究の概観と展望イルネス・アンサーテンティ（Illness Uncertainty） : “病気に関する不確かさ” 研究の概観と展望AN10516641 Illness Uncertainty : A review of the literature and direction for future research
“ Illness uncertainty (IU) ” has increasingly been recognized as a significant factor in illness experiences and has thus become one of the major concerns of medical staff. However, the still immature discipline seems to have some challenges to overcome. The present paper aimed to report a brief review of research on IU and point out the issues that could benefit from further considerations. First, the article reviews the theoretical background and definition of IU. Next, after taking a close look at the model presented by Mishel, scales used to measure IU are introduced, and findings from recent quantitative research are briefly reviewed. Finally, the paper raises three issues to consider; the construct, appraisal process, and pediatric patients.