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OBJECTIVES: Individuals with schizophrenia manifest the different expressions, behaviors, and personality. Failure to comply with rehabilitation for the patient may impair the patient and caregiver’s quality of life; preventing the patient from self-care, and it is an economic burden for the family and society and chronic progression of the disease. This study aims to determine the compliance with rehabilitation for people with schizophrenia among primary caregivers.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: Participants of 352 primary caregivers of people with schizophrenia were recruited from Nam Dinh General Hospital and Nam Dinh Psychiatric Hospital, Nam Dinh province, Vietnam. To measure the variable of compliance, the researchers designed a caregiver’s compliance with rehabilitation questionnaire. The instrument was validated by three content experts including, a psychiatric physician, a psychiatric nurse and a psychiatric instructor.
RESULT: The research results indicated that the caregivers of people with schizophrenia complied with rehabilitation at a good level of 27.6%, average level of 34.4% and poor level of 38%. There was correlation between caregiver’s age, being supported from others and patient’s illness severity level and compliance with rehabilitation of primary caregivers of people with schizophrenia.
CONCLUSION: Health-care workers should design an intervention program to improve primary caregiver adherence to rehabilitation for schizophrenic individuals to enhance caregiver’s compliance for schizophrenia rehabilitation, which should have relation to caregiver’s age, being supported from others and patient’s illness severity level.
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