An Evaluation of a Project on Community Ability Development to Care for Mentally Disabled: A Case of Coexistence of Buddhists and Muslims in One Suburban Community, Songkhla Province

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Jutamas Suwannawat
Weena Chanchong
Treenut Pummanee
Phairose Muhammadsakul
Chayanan Kaewsangkhai


The purpose of this project evaluation research was to evaluate a project on community ability The purpose of this project evaluation research was to evaluate a project on community abilitydevelopment to care for mentally disabled based on Faculty of Nursing’s community service by using CIPP model in one coexistence of Buddhists and Muslims suburban community, Songkhla province. The participants were 4 mentally disabled people (2 Thai Buddhists and 2 Thai Muslims), caregivers (2 Thai Buddhists and 2 Thai Muslims), and village health volunteers (7 Thai Buddhists and 2 Thai Muslims), who have been participated within the project for at least 2 years. We applied focus group interviewing (using semi-structure questions) to collect data and analyzed data with Colaizzi’s method. We found 3 themes from mentally disabled group (changing ability to care themselves; satisfying with caring from caregivers and village health volunteers; having self-confidence to care themselves after participating in the project); 4 themes from caregivers (feeling comforted  regarding caring from the project; feeling more concern and pay attention to mentally disabled people to be cured; encouraging mentally disabled people to take care themselves; changing own believe about illness and caring mentally disabled people); and 5 themes from village health volunteers (earning direction for caring; dedicating to care mentally disabled people with heart; being proud to give; feeling fulfillment in ability to care for mentally disabled people; having self confidencein caring mentally disabled people).

The results reflect the strength of the project to succeed which are the academic integrating betweenuniversity and sub-district health promotion hospital continuously, and processing of knowledge sharing withvillage health volunteers.


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