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Journal of the Korean Academy of Family Medicine 1989;10(4):30-39.
Published online April 1, 1989.
만성 지체장애 환자군의 가족기능도 연구
박헤은 곽병찬 정의식
전주예수병원 가정의학과
Abstract
Advances in medical diagnosis and treatment as well as shifting patterns ofillness have brought about an increase in the number of patients afflicted with chronic illness and disability. The management of these patients entails unique stresses not only for those afflicted and their families but also for physicians and other health care providers.
Therefore, assessing the impact of chronic illness and disability on the family is very important for the physician, and the authors studied the family function using the family APGAR, a five item family function screening questionnaire, in 51 patients with chronic disability and in 100 healthy adults for the control, from June 1, 1988 to Sep. 20. 1988.
The results were as follows;
1. The mean Family APGAR score was 7.07±1.89 in control group, 5.88±2.46 in the patients with chronic disability and the difference in family APGAR scores was statistically significant (p<0.01).
2. The partnership and the resolve scores were lower in the patient group than in the control group, which was also statistically significant(p<0.01).
3. When the family APGAR scores were compared between the patient group and the control group according to the sex, age, marital status, number of generations living together and number of family, the differences of the scores were much greater in male, younger person (15-39 years of age), unmarried person, and person with one to two generations living together and above 5 family members than in female, older person (40-69 years), married person, and person with three generations living together and below 5 family members.
The statistics was significant (p<0.01).
4. There were no statistically significant differences in the family APGAR scores among the patient group according to the causes and degrees of the disability, patient status whether inpatient or outpatient, time after injury and religions.
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