||Sussman MB, Haug MR. & Lamport MR
||Rehabilitation problems among special types of tuberculous
||AME REV RESPIR DIS 1965, 92, 261-268.
A study conducted in Cleveland, Ohio, is presented
which explores the characteristics and rehabilitation problems of
a metropolitan tuberculous population. The study was based on a
random sample of 384 adult Cleveland city residents, drawn from
the TB medical case register. On the basis of the findings, four
sub groups of patients were identified. Three of these-the family
isolates, the anomic, and the otherwise
ill-were shown to be highly disadvantaged socio-economically,
and to have especially reduced potential for successful rehabilitation.
The fourth group-the normals-were also disadvantaged,
but had much higher rates of successful rehabilitation. The problem
of unemployment emerged as one of the most serious besetting the
tuberculous patient. The patients age, lack of previous skills,
the stereotyped image of the tuberculous and contemporary theories
of work suitability frequently militated against his/ her successful
rehabilitation. Recommendations include changes in the institutional
structure to provide a more supportive institutional environment
for the patients and, provision of basic skills in conjunction with
a program of specific vocational training.
|KEYWORDS: REHABILITATION; SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR; USA.