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Shaping of psycho-social independence in neurological patients

Ann Univ Mariae Curie Sklodowska [Med]. 2002;57(1):556-63
Adamczyk K, Lorencowicz R, Rejszel E, Zajko A.
Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University of Lublin.

The aim of the study was to determine the degree of psycho-social independence among neurological patients.

The study was conducted by means of the Neurological Patients' Psycho-Social Independence Scale developed by the author, and covered 120 patients--51 males and 69 females aged 21-72; unmarried--34 and married--86, with the level of education: elementary--33, secondary school--79 and university--8; who had cerebral stroke--67, multiple sclerosis--31, radicular syndrome--22.

During the first stage of the study psycho-social independence remained primarily on the medium level with respect to the knowledge concerning life style, apart from the consumption of alcohol, strong tea and coffee, the patients showing a good knowledge of this problem prior to the implementation of the education programme.

With respect to skills and the remaining psycho-social aspects (motivation, self-acceptance, social functioning, intellectual efficiency) the respondents represented primarily a very high or high level during the second study.

Unfortunately, a considerable number of patients still showed a medium or low level.

Population who represented a very high and high levels of psycho-social independence, increased by 25.0%.