Title

The impact of prolonged hospitalization to patient’s family in selected hospitals in Cavite

Date of Completion

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Hospitalization

Abstract

The study used a non-experimental descriptive type of research. Purposive sampling technique was employed in selecting the respondents from selected hospitals in Cavite namely, De La Salle University Medical Center, Jose P. Rizal Hospital and National Research Center, Our Lady of Pillar Medical Center, Estrella Hospital and Naic Doctors Hospital. The respondents were limited to family of patients confined at least two (2) weeks in the hospital. A self-made questionnaire was pre-tested to 10 respondents in De La Salle University Medical Center in Dasmarinas, Cavite to test its validity and reliability then used as the research instrument. Mean, t-test of independent means and F-test were the statistical treatments used to answer the hypothesis of the study. The study concluded that, 1) Majority of the respondents were female, belonged to the age group 19-27 years old, married, have attained high school level, Catholic, employed, earning an income of P5,000 and below and were parents of the patients; 2) The degree of impact of prolonged hospitalization in terms of physical, financial, psychological and social aspects resulted to moderate negative effect except for spiritual aspect, which has less negative effect; 3) There is a significant difference on the impact of prolonged hospitalization to the respondents when grouped according to religion, which could be attributed to their faith that strengthens them and gives them hope during family crisis. There is a significant impact on educational attainment because the higher the level of education, the higher the demands and expectations. There is also a significant impact in terms of the monthly family income because it will be divided to other expenses of the family other than the hospitalization fee. There is also a significant impact in terms of relationship to the patient because immediate members of the family are more concerned and affected with the condition of the patient and they provided emotional support more than just being there for the patient; 4) There is no significant difference on the impact of prolonged hospitalization to the respondents when grouped according to age because it could be noted that the age range of the study is capable of handling responsibilities and tasks that are expected from them. Gender did not pose as a significant factor because there is equality among the roles of the sexes. Civil status was not significant because close family ties aid the family during crisis. Employment was not a significant factor because it is dependent on different instances such as filing for a leave of absence and receiving financial aids from relatives and friends.

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