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A needs assessment of persons suffering from Schizophrenia

KE Manamela
Curationis | Vol 26, No 3 | a854 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v26i3.854 | © 2003 KE Manamela | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2003 | Published: 28 September 2003

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KE Manamela,, South Africa

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Abstract

This quantitative exploratory descriptive survey attempted to identify the needs of persons suffering from schizophrenia who live in the Mogoto Village, Zebediela District, Limpopo Province. Data obtained from 60 completed questionnaires indicated that these persons continued to be regarded as valued community members by their care-givers. Despite the apparent lack of community mental health services, the vast majority of the respondents reportedly took their medications regularly and would know when to seek help in case their symptoms deteriorated. Their greatest need related to a lack of employment opportunities. They could also benefit from counselling services for themselves and their families.

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