A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Assets of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Healthy Peers: Results (Part 1)

Comparison of CF Participants with Other Samples of CF Adults
On none of the demographic or health variables available for comparison were there significant differences (p>.05) between the 37 adults from the UCSD CF Center who chose to participate in the study and the 18 who chose not to participate. These variables included proportion of each group that was male, proportion married, mean age, mean percentage of ideal body weight, mean percentage of predicted slow vital capacity, proportion of each group that had been hospitalized in the preceding year, mean number of days hospitalized in the preceding year, and mortality rate one year after recruitment. buy ortho tri-cyclen online
Summaries of published studies describing various sociodemographic and psychosocial variables in adults with CF are shown in Tables 1 and 2. Pulmonary function is remarkably consistent among the samples summarized. Mean vital capacity scores at the San Diego and Toronto CF Centers are nearly identical, as are means for vital capacity and FEVi for CF adults aged 25 and older at San Diego, Boston, and Cleveland. The samples also have similar age distributions. Living arrangements appear similar for the San Diego subjects and the other samples for which data are available: Toronto, UCLA, and National Institutes of Health (NIH). San Diego does have a greater preponderance of adult men than centers elsewhere. Compared with other centers, it also appears that a smaller percentage of the San Diego participants were employed, although the distribution of occupational status ratings among those having ever entered the work force is similar to that of Toronto and Boston and the percentages of patients in San Diego who were working or in school at least part time were similar to those in the Cleveland sample of Moise et al.

 Table 1—Comparison of CF Adult Participants with Other CF Adult Samples in the Published Literature

Living

Arrangements

Marital

Employment/

Hollingshead

Hollingshead

% Vital

Education

Reference

Samp]

le

(% Living

Status (%

%With

Student

Occupational

Social Class

Capacity

Years

and CF Center

Description

With)

Married)

Dependents

Status (%)

Status (%)

Rating (Mean)

(Mean ± SD)

(Mean)

Shepherd et al

N

37

Parents

38

22

24

Employed 51

Professional

3.1

70±25

14.2

(present

Age, yr

Spouse or

FT 38

managerial/

study), San

Mean

27.2

significant

PT 13

administrative

39

Diego

Range

19-44

other

35

Student 43

Clerical/sales

28

% Male

76

Alone

Others

19

8

FT 19 PT 24

Other

33

Cowen et al

N

105

Parents

30

41

11

Employed 78

Professional/

69 ±26

Toronto

Age, yr

Spouse

41

FT N/A

managerial/

(male)

(respondents

Range

>20

Alone or

PT N/A

administrative

34

68±28

only)

% Male

72

others

29

Student 15 FT N/A PT N/A

Clerical/sales

Other

18

48

(female)

Strauss and

N

21

Parents

33

24

Employed 62

Wellisch

Age, yr

Spouse or

FT 52

UCLA

Median

23

significant

PT 10

Range

18-33

other

24

Student 32

% Male

57

Alone

Others

33

10

FT 27 PT 5

Di Sant –

N

75

69

Employed or

Agnese and

Age, yr

(subjects

student

Davis, NIH

Mean Range % Male

24.2

18-47

55

>25

years

old

only)

FT 71 PT 16

Boyle et al,

N

13

Parents

38

46

15

14.2

NIH

Age, yr Mean Range % Male

24.2

19-30

54

Spouse, alone, or others

62

Moise et al,

N

73

33t

Employed 77

3.5

Cleveland

Age, yr Mean Range % Male

24.9

18-40

64

or student FTorPT

Table 2—Comparison of CF Adult Participants Aged 25 and Older with Other CF Adult Samples Aged 25 and Older in the Published Literature

Marital

Hollingshead

% Vital

College

Employed or

Reference

Sample

Status (%

% With

Occupational

Capacity

FEV,

Graduates

Student

and CF Center

Description

Married)

Dependents

Status (%)

(Mean)

(Mean)

(%)

Full-time (%)

Shepherd

N

23

35

30

Professional

72

48

22

44

(present

Age, yr

managerial/

study) San

Mean

30.9

administrative

43

Diego

Range % Male

25-44

78

Clerical/sales

Other

26

30

Shwachman et

N

70

60

21

Professional

75

52

al, Boston

Age, yr Mean Range % Male

29.3

25-43

67

managerial/

administrative

Clerical/sales

Other

51

29

20

Fink et al,

N

40

38

74

48

63

81

Cleveland

Age, yr Mean Range % Male

27.0

25-39

68

(applies only to 32 “current survivors”)

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