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Practices and Coping Measures Utilized by Patients Affected with Peptic Ulcer in Villaflor Hospital, Dagupan City

Practices and Coping Measures Utilized by Patients affected with Peptic Ulcer in Villaflor Hospital, Dagupan City.

The study purported to identify the health problems of the patients affected with Peptic Ulcer Disease of Villaflor Hospital in Dagupan City during the period from January to February 2007..

The study involved 15 patients affected with Peptic Ulcer Disease and who were confined at the Villaflor Hospital, Dagupan City by using an interview guide question. The study also sought to determine the coping mechanisms utilized by PUD patients in terms of acceptance of responsibility to reduce anxiety, spirituality, relaxation and sleep and vigorous exercises. The descriptive, qualitative method was used to describe the results of the study by using simple frequency counts and saturated responses. They were tabulated, analyzed and interpreted to take into account the etic and emic descriptions of the study.

Based from tabular presentations, the health practices encountered by PUD patients were as follows: alcoholism, uncontrolled coffee intake uncontrolled smoking, uncontrolled pain producing diet, which were all experienced by a hundred percent of the participants.

On coping measures employed by PUD patients results showed that acceptance of responsibility to reduce anxiety, spiritually and relaxation and sleep were the most employed as proven by a hundred percent of the participants were exercise, ;less coffee intake, refraining from smoking, avoid skipping of meals and limited socialization.

It is concluded therefore that there is a need to address the health problems religiously since peptic ulcer could be prevented if the patients could comply with all recommendations given by their physicians and nurses.

In the light of the foregoing conclusions, the following recommendations were drawn That the PUD patients should promote inner discipline to cooperate fully with the treatment, make careful food choices and follow a patter of coping practices of fully recover from PUD That PUD patients should benefit fully from relaxation practices to help manage stress and pain during the recuperation period. That medical practitioners should import a general awareness on various coping techniques and relaxation methods to benefit fully thus, behavior modification is intensified.

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