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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2017;26(4):344-352.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2017.26.4.344    Published online January 24, 2018.
Influence of Stigma and Social Support on Depressive Symptoms in Hospitalized Patients with Pulmonary Tuberculosis.
Gyeong Suk Jeon, Kyungwon Choi, Kwang Sim Jang
1Department of Nursing, Mokpo National University, Muan, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Korean National University of Transportation, Jeungpyeong, Korea. kwchoi@ut.ac.kr
3Department of Nursing, Donga College of Health, Youngam, Korea.
The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between depressive symptoms, stigma and social support in hospitalized PTB (pulmonary tuberculosis) patients. METHODS: Participants were 256 patients with PTB who were admitted in two national tuberculosis hospitals. RESULTS: Higher levels of stigma were significantly related to depressive symptoms in patients with PTB. Self-reports of social support by medical staff were negatively associated with depressive symptoms in patients with PTB. Stigma and social support by medical staff were found to be significant predictors of depressive symptoms after controlling for potential confounders. CONCLUSION: Findings suggest that intervention for depressive symptoms be incorporated into treatment for patients with PTB, and strategies to decrease TB-related stigma and increase social support by medical staff be provided to prevent depressive symptoms.
Key Words: Pulmonary tuberculosis; Depression; Social support; Social stigma
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