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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/161223
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Effects of Social Support and Health Care Support on the Quality of
Abstract:
The Effects of Social Support and Health Care Support on the Quality of
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2005
Author:Schoofs, Nancy, PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Grand Valley State University
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:College of Nursing, 301 Michigan N.E., Grand Rapids, MI, 49503, USA
Contact Telephone:616-331-3516
The Effects of Social Support and Health Care Support on the Quality of
Life of Persons with Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
The purpose of this mixed qualitative/quantitative study was to
investigate how social support and health care support affect the quality
of life of persons with Fibromyalgia (FMS), which primarily affects women,
and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Quality of life is an issue of
increasing importance to those persons afflicted with FMS or CFS as well
as their families. The amount of social support an individual has also
affects that person's quality of life. Subjects were members of web-based
or actual FMS or CFS support groups who answered the SF-36 Health Survey,
a Quality of Life Questionnaire, and a Perceived Social Support Scale.
Scores were analyzed to determine any relationship among the variables.
Subjects' recorded interviews were transcribed and coded for common
concepts. The quantitative data suggested that family support has the
strongest correlation with Quality of Life (QOL). Social support from
friends also positively correlated with quality of life. In the
qualitative analysis, it was evident that subjects suffering from CFS
and/or FMS do not experience high levels of social support. The
quantitative data support this conclusion in that, although there was
evidence of a correlation between QOL and friend/family support, it is a
weak-moderate positive linear correlation. Furthermore, in the qualitative
analysis, those subjects suffering from CFS described a lower QOL than
those suffering from FMS alone. Although the quantitative data does not
support a correlation between health care support and QOL, health
insurance and disability issues were identified as very important issues.
More recognition by the government of FMS and CFS as disabilities is
needed. More research is also needed to understand these conditions so
that nurses can adequately educate and care for these clients.
Key words: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, quality of life
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Effects of Social Support and Health Care Support on the Quality ofen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/161223-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Effects of Social Support and Health Care Support on the Quality of</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Schoofs, Nancy, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Grand Valley State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">College of Nursing, 301 Michigan N.E., Grand Rapids, MI, 49503, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">616-331-3516</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">schoofsn@gvsu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The Effects of Social Support and Health Care Support on the Quality of <br/> Life of Persons with Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome<br/> The purpose of this mixed qualitative/quantitative study was to <br/> investigate how social support and health care support affect the quality <br/> of life of persons with Fibromyalgia (FMS), which primarily affects women, <br/> and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Quality of life is an issue of <br/> increasing importance to those persons afflicted with FMS or CFS as well <br/> as their families. The amount of social support an individual has also <br/> affects that person's quality of life. Subjects were members of web-based <br/> or actual FMS or CFS support groups who answered the SF-36 Health Survey, <br/> a Quality of Life Questionnaire, and a Perceived Social Support Scale. <br/> Scores were analyzed to determine any relationship among the variables. <br/> Subjects' recorded interviews were transcribed and coded for common <br/> concepts. The quantitative data suggested that family support has the <br/> strongest correlation with Quality of Life (QOL). Social support from <br/> friends also positively correlated with quality of life. In the <br/> qualitative analysis, it was evident that subjects suffering from CFS <br/> and/or FMS do not experience high levels of social support. The <br/> quantitative data support this conclusion in that, although there was <br/> evidence of a correlation between QOL and friend/family support, it is a <br/> weak-moderate positive linear correlation. Furthermore, in the qualitative <br/> analysis, those subjects suffering from CFS described a lower QOL than <br/> those suffering from FMS alone. Although the quantitative data does not <br/> support a correlation between health care support and QOL, health <br/> insurance and disability issues were identified as very important issues. <br/> More recognition by the government of FMS and CFS as disabilities is <br/> needed. More research is also needed to understand these conditions so <br/> that nurses can adequately educate and care for these clients. <br/> Key words: fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, quality of life</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T23:17:53Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T23:17:53Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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