||A method for evaluating the attitudes of tuberculous
||AME REV RESPIR DIS 1953, 67, 722-731.
Those attitudes and emotional reactions of patients
which interfere with medical treatment, for instance, patients who
suddenly leave the hospital against medical advice, obstinate patients
who refuse to accept the diagnosis of TB and refuse medication,
could be lessened considerably if the patients' attitudes are recognized
and dealt with early in hospitalization. To this end, an attitude
form which could be incorporated readily in routine hospital procedures
was developed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Madison,
Wisconsin, USA and administered to more than 200 TB patients.
The form aided in evaluating the attitudes and
emotional reactions of TB patients in nine significant areas of
adjustment. Patients expressed their attitudes and feelings to:
(1) Bed rest, (2) Hospitalization, (3) TB, (4) Ward life, (5) The
medical staff, (6) Irregular discharge, (7) Family and friends,
(8) Medical treatment, (9) Attitudes of a general nature, by completing
a series of 80 incomplete sentences.
A preliminary survey of the results indicated that
the form promised to be a highly effective means of obtaining the
patients' attitudes and thus, assist in dealing with the patients'
adjustment to his/ her disease and hospitalization.
|KEY WORDS: SOCIAL ATTITUDE; SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY; USA.