2015, Number 2
Rev Esp Med Quir 2015; 20 (2)
Balcázar-Rincón LE, Ramírez-Alcántara YL, Rodríguez-Alonso M
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ABSTRACTThe family functioning is a determining factor in the maintenance of health or the occurrence of the disease of each of their members.
Objective: To determine the frequency of depression and its relationship to family dynamics in patients diagnosed with tuberculosis, treated in Family Medicine units.
Methods: Thirty nine patients with a diagnosis of tuberculosis, attended at Family Medicine Units of Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas, were evaluated using the following instruments: CESD-D and FACES III. Causal associations were determined with χ2 test.
Results: Depressive symptoms were found in 94.7% of the cases, the type of family proved to be a factor associated with depression, while no association was found between family dynamics and depressive symptoms.
Conclusions: The role of family functioning is essential in facilitating or obstructing the course of treatment of patients diagnosed with tuberculosis and it is important to implement support measures in patients belonging to the extensive type families to avoid presence of depressive symptoms.