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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 170-174

Coping mechanism and its correlation with quality of life in upper limb post traumatic joint stiffness patients

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Background: Joint stiffness especially of upper limb joints following trauma may lead to psychological problems. Method: This study was carried out on twenty-six consecutive patients between 18-45 years of age, of post-traumatic joint stiffness (PTJS) in upper extremity, to determine the type of coping mechanism and its effect on their quality of life. Coping checklist1 and WHO QOL-Brief Version2 questionnaires were used to assess the coping strategies and quality of life of these patients. Results: Critical analysis of the data revealed that these patients commonly employed coping strategies like problem solving, positive cognition, avoidance, religious and magical thinking in that order. Conclusion: The correlation analysis between the scores of coping strategies and quality of life showed that patients, who were high on avoidance coping skills, had better psychological functioning where as those who were high on external attribution, had low physical health

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