Paper Information

Journal:   JOURNAL OF CARING SCIENCES   2018 , Volume 7 , Number 1; Page(s) 35 To 40.
 
Paper: 

FEATURES OF COPING WITH DISEASE IN IRANIAN MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS PATIENTS: A QUALITATIVE STUDY

 
 
Author(s):  DEHGHANI ALI, DEHGHAN NAYERI NAHID*, EBADI ABBAS
 
* DEPARTMENT OF NURSING, NURSING AND MIDWIFERY CARE RESEARCH CENTER, FACULTY OF NURSING AND MIDWIFERY, TEHRAN UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TEHRAN, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Coping with disease is of the main components improving the quality of life in multiple sclerosis patients. Identifying the characteristics of this concept is based on the experiences of patients. Using qualitative research is essential to improve the quality of life. This study was conducted to explore the features of coping with the disease in patients with multiple sclerosis.
Method: In this conventional content analysis study, eleven multiple sclerosis patients from Iran MS Society in Tehran (Iran) participated. Purposive sampling was used to select participants. Data were gathered using semi structured interviews. To analyze data, a conventional content analysis approach was used to identify meaning units and to make codes and categories.
Results: Results showed that features of coping with disease in multiple sclerosis patients consists of (a) accepting the current situation, (b) maintenance and development of human interactions, (c) self-regulation and (d) self-efficacy. Each of these categories is composed of sub-categories and codes that showed the perception and experience of patients about the coping with disease.
Conclusion: Accordingly, a unique set of features regarding features of coping with the disease were identified among the patients with multiple sclerosis. Therefore, working to ensure the emergence of, and subsequent reinforcement of these features in MS patients can be an important step in improving the adjustment and quality of their lives.

 
Keyword(s): QUALITATIVE RESEARCH, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, COPING
 
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