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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2010;34(2):120-127.
The Change in Family Structure and Income for Community-dwelling Patients with Brain Disorders.
Leigh, Ja Ho , Kim, Keewon , Jung, Sung Jin , Jung, Se Hee , Lee, Kyoung Moo , Park, Si Woon , Chun, Min Ho , Jung, Han Young , Kim, Il Soo , Kim, See Hyun , Han, Tai Ryoon
1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea. tairyoon@snu.ac.kr
2Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seoul Metropolitan Government-Seoul National University Boramae Medical Center, Korea.
3Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Chungbuk National University School of Medicine, Korea.
4Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Korea.
5Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Korea.
6Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine, Korea.
7Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Seognam Center of Senior Health, Korea.
8Graduate School of East-West Medical Science, Kyunghee University, Korea.
국내 재가 뇌질환 환자의 가족 구조 및 소득의 변화
이자호, 김기원, 정성진, 정세희1, 이경무2, 박시운3, 전민호4, 정한영5, 김일수6, 김세현7, 한태륜
서울대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실, 1서울특별시보라매병원 재활의학과, 2충북대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실, 3국립재활병원 재활의학과, 4울산대학교 의과대학 서울아산병원 재활의학교실, 5인하대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실, 6성남시 노인보건센터 재활의학과, 7경희대학교 동서의학대학원 동서의학과
To find out the changes of the family structure and familial total income of Korean patients with the brain disorders and associated factors.
A total of 1,903 patients with brain disorders in Korea were enrolled and drew up the questionnaires about their socioeconomic state and family supports, including pre- and post-disorder family structure, compositions of their family income, and employment of caregivers.
A 38.2% of subjects experienced the change in numbers of cohabiting family, decrement in 30.3% and increment in 7.9%. Prior to brain disorders, 48.6% of patients earned their living by themselves, but only 2.8% did after brain disorders. Separation and divorce increased, especially three times more in male patients than in females. A 16.6% of patients employed caregivers, and used them 6.2 days per week, 18 hours a day on average.
This study reemphasized the worsening socioeconomic state of patients with brain disorders and their families. Increasing tendency of social isolation was also noted. (J Korean Acad Rehab Med 2010; 34: 120-127)
Key Words: Stroke, Brain disorder, Family structure, Socioeconomic state, Caregiver employment


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