A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Assets of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Healthy Peers: Discussion (Part 5)

A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Assets of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Healthy Peers: Discussion (Part 5)Interestingly, there was no correlation (r= — .05, p= .38) in the CF group between degree of autonomy and level of physical health as measured by a functional status index. This parallels findings from other studies with groups of CF adults in which physical health and psychologic health, disease severity and sexual health, illness severity and psychologic adjustment, and pulmonary function and coping status have been shown unrelated and it suggests that factors other than disease severity play a key role in determining the overall psychosocial health of adults with CF. What these factors are is unknown, but their identification should be the subject of future research. buy asthma inhalers

Such research must be suitably controlled. Failure to include controls can too easily lead to inappropriate conclusions. Cystic fibrosis is a serious disease with an undeniable power to affect many aspects of a persons life. However, other conditions—medical, developmental, social, and otherwise—are similarly capable of affecting a persons life and the mere presence of a disease such as CF is insufficient cause for attributing any and all putative unusual characteristics in a persons life to the effects of his or her disease.

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