Social aspects of multiple sclerosis for Iranian individuals‏

Zamani, Ahmadreza. and Taleghani, Fariba. and Yazdannik, Ahmadreza. and Abolhassani, Shahla. (2015) Social aspects of multiple sclerosis for Iranian individuals‏. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37 (4).

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Abstract

Abstract PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine the social aspects of multiple sclerosis (MS) in the Iranian individuals. METHODS: A qualitative case study approach was used for this study, which is a part of a larger qualitative study about health care delivery system of MS. Participants were selected on the basis of purposive sampling method. Semi-structured interviews regarding the social aspects of MS were conducted with 18 MS patients, 6 family members and 7 health care providers. Besides interviews with the participants, documents related to the aim of the study, including weblogs, MS magazines, special websites of individuals with MS and news agencies. Data analysis was performed using the qualitative content analysis technique. RESULTS: Data obtained has been categorised into five main categories, including confronting stigma symbols, the outcome of stigma, walling-in due to stigma, disturbance in normal life and concern about job. CONCLUSION: There are multiple social effects of MS on the afflicted individuals, which affect various dimensions of their life. Policy makers and health care providers must also consider these effects of MS on other dimensions of the individuals' life. Implications for Rehabilitation Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease which restricts social life for patients, in addition to physical impacts. Individuals with MS experienced stigma as well as problems with employment and marital life, due to improper information about MS in society. We recommend that health care workers offer proper information about MS to patients and their family members to minimise the social problems faced by them. We recommend that mass media offers proper information about MS to people in society to disseminate the correct picture of MS. We recommend that the rehabilitation team offers psychological support to patients and their families for their empowerment, to facilitate dealing with the impacts of the disease. We recommend that health care providers teach the family members about patient support and communication skills.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: KEYWORDS: Family; interview; multiple sclerosis; nurses; physicians; social aspects; stigma
Subjects: WL Nervous system
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: zahra bagheri .
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2017 11:07
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 07:28
URI: http://eprints.skums.ac.ir/id/eprint/5814

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