A Comparative Study of the Psychosocial Assets of Adults with Cystic Fibrosis and Their Healthy Peers: Results (Part 4)

Additional CF Group Results
With regard to CF-related informational social support, 61 percent of the CF subjects knew at least five other people with CF; 11 percent knew none. Nineteen percent said they saw at least five other CF patients in a social capacity; 54 percent said they did not see any other patients socially. Thirty-eight percent said they had talked with five or more other CF patients specifically about CF; 27 percent had never spoken specifically about CF with another patient. buy asthma inhalers

Seventy-six percent of the adults with CF reported taking all of their prescribed drugs at least 90 percent of the time, a figure that correlated highly with the estimates of drug compliance provided by the patients’ significant others (r= .66, p= .001). Only 54 percent of the CF patients reported themselves as doing daily CPT at least three quarters of the time, answers again well substantiated by the significant others (r=.74, p= .001). Status as a regular exerciser was claimed by 57 percent of patients. A two-by-two contingency table showed no evidence that patients exercised in lieu of performing CPT; indeed, 24 percent of patients failed to either exercise or perform CPT regularly and 16 percent could be considered “fully non-compliant” in that they failed to take medications regularly, to exercise, and to perform CPT.

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