Needs of Persons with Neurological Disorders

  • Ezhumalai Sinu Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India
  • Berigai Nirmala Parthasarathy Additional Professor, Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India
  • Krishna Reddy Additional Professor, Dept. of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India
  • Priya Thomas Assistant Professor, Dept of Psychiatric Social Work, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

Abstract

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

Published
Mar 1, 2018
How to Cite
SINU, Ezhumalai et al. Needs of Persons with Neurological Disorders. Indian Journal of Psychiatric Social Work, [S.l.], p. Epub Ahead of Print, mar. 2018. ISSN 0302-1610. Available at: <http://pswjournal.org/index.php/ijpsw/article/view/61>. Date accessed: 20 june 2018. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.29120/IJPSW.2018.v9.i1.61.
Section
Original Research Papers