Needs of Persons with Neurological Disorders
Background: In India, Many persons with a neurological disorder (PwND) get discharged from several hospitals with significant unmet needs. Aim: To assess the needs of persons with neurological disorders in a tertiary care hospital, Bangalore, India. Method and Materials: It was a cross-sectional deceptive study where thirty PwND availing the in-patient services at NIMHANS, Bangalore were selected through purposive sampling. Camberwell Assessment of Need – Research version was used. Results: A Large majority (90%) of the respondents have unmet needs in daytime activities, psychological distress, information about the illness, sex. The majority (70%) have unmet needs in job, self-care, medicines, mobility, childcare. Half (50%) of the respondents have unmet need for accommodation, intimate and social relationships, finance. Three-fourth revealed that their need for food, safety and social welfare needs have been met. Conclusion: Patients from lower economic, educational status and urban domicile have more service needs. The present study attempts a systematic need assessment which has implication in addressing the unmet needs of PwND to improve their quality of life.
Keywords: Need assessment, neurology, discharge planning
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