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Care dependency in individuals with chronic physical disease: Its relationship with compliance to treatment and life satisfaction

Feride Taskin Yilmaz, Ezgi Yildiz, Betul Esra Cevik, Zeynep Unver.

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Aim: The reasons such as the fact that individuals with chronic diseases are mostly in the old age and that the diseases lead to changes in physical and psychological fields may bring about an increase of dependence in meeting daily needs. This study aims to determine the relationship between care dependency and compliance to treatment and life satisfaction in individuals with chronic physical diseases.
Material and methods: This research designed as a descriptive and relationship-seeking style includes 294 individuals with chronic physical diseases who were hospitalized for internal medicine clinics of a university hospital. After the ethics committee permission, the data were obtained by patient identification form, Care Dependency Scale, Modified Morisky Scale and Life Satisfaction Scale.
Results: It was found out that the level of care dependency and motivation and knowledge levels of the individuals were positively weak (p

Key words: Care dependency; chronic disease; compliance to treatment; life satisfaction

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