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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine ›› 2005, Vol. 3 ›› Issue (5): 363-365.doi: 10.3736/jcim20050508

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Investigation and confirmatory factor analysis of information collected with the four diagnostic methods in patients with bronchial asthma

Suo-fang Shi1,Xiu-fang Liu2,Zhi-lin Yan3,Dao-cheng Wang3,Xiang-wen Kong3,Zhen-cang Shen4,Qi-guang Chen5,Jie Min5   

  1. 1. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210029, China
    2. Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu Province 210029, China
    3. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Xinghua Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Xinghua, Jiangsu Province 225700, China
    4. Department of Respiratory Medicine, Changzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Changzhou, Jiangsu Province 213003, China;
  • Received:2004-12-13 Online:2005-09-20 Published:2005-09-20
  • Contact: Suo-fang Shi


To investigate the information acquired through the four diagnostic methods of traditional Chinese medicine in patients with bronchial asthma, and to classify the syndrome types.


Four hundred and thirty patients with bronchial asthma were randomly investigated. The information acquired through the four diagnostic methods was recorded and the database was established by Amos software, and then the data were analyzed by confirmatory factor analysis (CFA).


After analyzing the data with 4 factors, 5 factors and 6 factors, we found that the results of CFA with 6 factors were in accordance with clinical practical experience.


According to the results of CFA with 6 factors and with the standard regression coefficient 0.4 as primary and secondary critical points, the syndromes in patients with bronchial asthma can be classified into 5 types, which are syndromes of cold fluid retained in lung, phlegm-heat obstructing lung, wind-phlegm blocking lung, qi deficiency of lung and kidney and qi deficiency of spleen.

Key words: Asthma, Four diagnostic methods, Symptom complex, Confirmatory factor analysis

CLC Number: 

  • R241.2
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