Martin D. Hyman, Ph.D.; Martin Eisdorfer, M.A.; Andrew Kosten, Ph.D.
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Knowledge of the way in which patients' attitudes toward their illness affect the course and outcome of treatment can contribute to more effective therapy. This study tested the hypothesis that stroke patients who feel stigmatized by their disabilities will display less motivation and functional improvement during rehabilitation than will nonstigmatized patients. The study sample comprised 110 patients with hemiplegia secondary to a diagnosis of cerebrovascular accident and unaccompanied by substantial aphasia or dementia. Patients' feelings of stigma were determined from responses to interview questions. These questions dealt with patients' beliefs as to whether others look down on them, feel uncomfortable
Hyman MD, Eisdorfer M, Kosten A. Effects of Patients' Feelings of Stigma on Their Performance in a Stroke Rehabilitation Program.. Ann Intern Med. ;72:807. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-72-5-807_5
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1970;72(5):807.
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