Title

Performance level of daily living skills of military personnel diagnosed with major depressive disorder at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center

Date of Completion

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Keywords

Depression, Military Personnel

Abstract

In this descriptive research, the researchers have utilized the convenience sampling in choosing the subjects of the study. There are 25 military personnel diagnosed with major depressive disorder currently admitted at the Psychiatric Ward of Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center where 14 of the classes were closed. The researchers have selected the subjects of the study and the center because Armed Forces of the Philippines is the largest military hospital in the Philippines catering military personnel with orthopedic and psychiatric disorders. The research instrument utilized in this research study is the Functional Independence Measure (FIM). It was used to determine the performance level, the amount of assistance given by the caregiver or the degree of independence of the military personnel diagnosed with major depressive disorder at Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center in carrying out daily living skills such as self-care, sphincter control, transfers, locomotions, communication and social cognition. It comprises 18 items, each of which is assessed against a seven-point ordinal scale. Seven (7) being the highest, pertaining to a high level of performance of functioning and one (1) being the lowest, pertaining to a level of performance or functioning. Thus, the higher the score for an item, the more independently the military personnel is able to perform the daily living skill. The researchers have hired a registered nurse because the Functional Independence Measure is only to be conducted and administered by a registered health professional. Moreover, with the use of the research instrument, the following results and conclusions were drawn: 1) military personnel aged 20-40 years old, male and single are the most diagnosed with major depressive disorder at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center; 2) the daily living skill with the highest average score is locomotion, that falls under supervision. Thus, this is the least affected daily living skill; 3) the daily living skill with the lowest average score is social cognition, that falls under minimal assist. Thus, this is the most affected daily living skill; 4) the overall performance level of daily living skill among military personnel diagnosed with major depressive disorder at Armed Forces of the Philippines Medical Center is minimal assist.

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