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Lege Artis Medicinae

MARCH 20, 2015

[The real cost of caring for seriously ill patients - compassion fatigue or satisfaction]

KEGYE Adrienne, ZANA Ágnes, RÉVAY Edit, HEGEDÛS Katalin

[The improvement of the Hungarian hospice network and the increasing number of people dealing with the seriously ill are reflected by the annual hospice reports (2001-2013). However these reports also draw the attention to the cumulating mental and spiritual burdens of carers which can lead to fatigue and burnout. On the base of practical experience we surveyed the mental and spiritual condition of the caregivers of seriously ill patients and also reviewed research findings and the professional literature on the exposure to imperilment. The grounds of professional literature’s research were the Hungarian and international databases. We favoured studies published in Hungarian or English between 2000 and 2014 primarily on carers working in palliative and hospice service. One of the main profits of reviewing the professional literature is getting more detailed information on the mental state of professional caregivers. Relatively new element in researches is studying the relation between burnout and compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue. It includes studying of symptoms and coping strategies. These all enable a better understanding of causes and help us to support hospice carers with more effective methods to protect them from mental and spiritual exhaustion.]

LAM KID

FEBRUARY 20, 2014

[Experiences from the dissection room. Quantitative and qualitative study among Hungarian medical students]

IMOLA Sándor, CSALA Irén, BIRKÁS Emma, GYŐRFFY Zsuzsa

[BACKGROUND - The anatomy and pathology are the most outstanding field of the medical curriculum. These subjects mean the first practical experiences of dissection. The international literatures results shows that experience of dissection are important stages of becoming physician, but not always problemless. METHODS - Quantative (n=733) and qualitative (n=45) exploratory research among Hungarian medical students. We tried to present the effects and experiences of dissection pratcise using both analytical methods. Validity of the research was greatly improved by using the two methods. RESULTS - 50% of medical students reported that they were affected by dissection practice. The female students and those in clinical training (III-VI.years) reported about negative effects significantly more frequently. The results of the qualitative survey verified that dissection practices have decisive effect during the training and coping with experiences was often difficult especially for females students. CONCLUSIONS - Our research confirmed the hypothesis of dissection experiences play outstanding role in becoming physician. The successful coping isn’t the repression or ignorance of emotion, but understanding and finding effective solutions strategies for the negative emotions of experiences. Managing these experiences are a crucial factor of latter wellbeing of physicians and decisive factor of doctors-patient relationship.]

Clinical Neuroscience

NOVEMBER 28, 2014

[From life events to symptoms of anxiety and depression: the role of dysfunctional attitudes and coping]

MÉSZÁROS Veronika, AJTAY Gyöngyi, FODOR Kinga, KOMLÓSI Sarolta, BOROSS Viktor, BARNA Csilla, UDVARDY-MÉSZÁROS Ágnes, PERCZEL FORINTOS Dóra

[The aim of the present study was a systematic path-analytical investigation between the effects of life events, dysfunctional attitudes and coping strategies in relation with the exhibited depressive and anxiety symptoms in patients with mental disorders. Methods - Self-report data of 234 patients from our outpatient psychotherapy unit were analyzed. Life events, dysfunctional attitudes, coping strategies as well as symptoms of anxiety and depression were assessed by self-administerd questionnaires. Statistical methods included structural equation modelling, which enables the estimation of the magnitude and strength of individual variables within an overarching casual model, thus yielding a complex view on the possible processes underlying the development of the clinical symptoms of anxiety and depression. Results - Our findings indicate that both the number of negative life events and their subjectively experienced intensity contributed to the increase of dysfunctional attitudes. The presence of dysfunctional attitudes decreased the use of problem-focused coping strategies and increased the use of emotion-focused coping strategies. The use of problem-focused coping decreased symptom occurrence and emotion-focused coping strategies increased the frequency of symptoms of anxiety and depression. Our findings suggest that dysfunctional need for achievement and perfectionism directly increase the probability of depressive symptom manifestation. The attitude of external locus of control showed a significant relationship with anxiety symptoms through emotion-focused coping strategies and directly as well. Conclusion - Restructuring dysfunctional attitudes and developing problem-focused coping strategies are an important part of psychotherapeutic interventions aiming to decrease anxiety and depressive symptoms.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 20, 2014

[Experiences from the dissection room. Quantitative and qualitative study among Hungarian medical students]

IMOLA Sándor, CSALA Irén, BIRKÁS Emma, GYŐRFFY Zsuzsa

[BACKGROUND - The anatomy and pathology are the most outstanding field of the medical curriculum. These subjects mean the first practical experiences of dissection. The international literatures results shows that experience of dissection are important stages of becoming physician, but not always problemless. METHODS - Quantative (n=733) and qualitative (n=45) exploratory research among Hungarian medical students. We tried to present the effects and experiences of dissection pratcise using both analytical methods. Validity of the research was greatly improved by using the two methods. RESULTS - 50% of medical students reported that they were affected by dissection practice. The female students and those in clinical training (III-VI.years) reported about negative effects significantly more frequently. The results of the qualitative survey verified that dissection practices have decisive effect during the training and coping with experiences was often difficult especially for females students. CONCLUSIONS - Our research confirmed the hypothesis of dissection experiences play outstanding role in becoming physician. The successful coping isn’t the repression or ignorance of emotion, but understanding and finding effective solutions strategies for the negative emotions of experiences. Managing these experiences are a crucial factor of latter wellbeing of physicians and decisive factor of doctors-patient relationship.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

APRIL 20, 2012

[Roma cancer patients’ illness cognition and their attitudes toward medical treatment]

ROHÁNSZKY Magda, NÓTÁR Ilona, SZABÓNÉ Kármán Judit, KONKOLY THEGE Barna

[INTRODUCTION - In this qualitative pilot study, our goal was to investigate the illness representation of gipsy cancer patients and to examine their attitudes toward medical treatment. SAMPLE AND METHODS - Deep interviews were made with 20 persons (60% female; Mage=39.2±15.1 years). The included participants approximately represented the group composition of the Hungarian Roma population. RESULTS - For most of our respondents, cancer is a frightening disease meaning some kind of punishment and the end of life. The potential causes of the disease usually remain completely incomprehensible. The participants proved to be very under-informed in relation to their treatment - even when compared to the low level of information among Hungarian cancer patients in general. In the face of the supporting presence of family members, our respondents often stated that there was nobody to share their deeper emotional problems with. About half of the patients reported on impolite and inefficient treatment attributed to prejudice against their Gipsy identity. However, deeper analyses revealed, that in most of these cases, mistreatment was a consequence of the general shortcomings of the health care system (e.g. lack of time) - being labelled as discrimination by our respondents. Almost every participant sees his/her only role in recovery merely in the participation in medical treatment - not attributing enough significance to life style changes and even less to alternative / complementary medicine. CONCLUSION - Special training to improve communication skills with gipsy patients is needed - especially for general practitioners. We also suggest preparing handouts to Roma cancer patients that provide easy-to-understand information on the medical treatments and health behaviours that serve the coping with cancer and their prevention.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JANUARY 20, 2001

[Clinical importance of the initial symptoms of epileptic seizures]

RAJNA Péter, VERES Judit, CSIBRI Éva

[The evaluation of initial symptoms of epileptic seizures (ISE) and the development of methods of epilepsy therapy through counteracting the seizure spread both support the view that the joint use of localisation and holistic approach is successful. ISE, which were found to occur often, take a prominent place in the organization of seizure, therefore it is considered to have therapeutical potential. An important area of its applications consist of methods based on the interruption of ISE. Beside clinical experience, its efficiency is established neurophisiologically by the experimental model of epileptic neuron network and the possible selfregulation of cortical activity. The psychological effect of these active methods is beneficial, so coping and conservation of social functions are more successful. There is empirical evidence that in a significant portion of epileptic patients the initial symptoms may supplement therapy by the development of behavioral strategies avoiding seizure or counteracting its spread.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

APRIL 20, 2001

[Behavioral science approach to the nursing profession]

PIKÓ Bettina

[Study of psychosocial work environment in health care and in other non-profit organizations has not gotten priority so far. Workers in the units that are organized by inefficient management skills are more susceptible to the harmful psychological, health and social consequences of everyday work. The main goal of present analysis was to investigate nurses’ work conditions and their psychosomatic health as a part of the ongoing Nurse Study in Csongrád county. 420 nurses participated in the study among whom 218 were registered and 202 student nurses. Selfadministered questionnaire was used as a method of data collection which contained various items on sociodemographics, psychosomatic symptoms, other psychosocial health variables, job-related stress and emotional load, and social support from peers. Based on the results of the multiple regression analyses it can be concluded that nurses’ psychosomatic health was mainly influenced by the characteristics of their psychosocial work environment. The management should pay attention to establish team structures which could help in coping with job-related stress and providing social support.]