A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Assets of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Healthy Peers: Methods (Part 3)

A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Assets of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Healthy Peers: Methods (Part 3)Additional CF Group Variables Measured
Subjects with CF were asked about several other variables for which comparisons with healthy people are not possible. The CF-related informational social support was measured by asking how many other CF adults a CF subject knew, socialized with, and talked with about CF. Medication compliance was assessed by asking subjects how often they took all of their prescribed drugs. Response options were in the form of percentages of time (eg, about one fourth of the time or less).
The same approach was taken in inquiring how frequently patients did daily chest physiotherapy (CPT). The reliability of these answers was assessed by asking significant others (see Granger et al for details) similarly phrased questions regarding their perceptions of their CF partners’ compliance. Status as an exerciser was assessed on the basis of a yes or no answer to a question asking subjects whether they followed a regular exercise program. buy ortho tri-cyclen
Analysis of Group Differences
Data analyses were performed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Evidence of statistically significant between-group differences was sought using x2 tests for discrete variables and t tests for continuous variables. For the indices, mean scores for each component question were compared, as well as the mean index scores.

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