EFFECTS OF COUNSELLING ON DEPRESSED SPINAL CORD INJURED PATIENTS
This study was undertaken to investigate and analyze the effect of counselling on the depressed spinal cord injured patients at the National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, and Lagos University Teaching Hospital. It was a fact-finding research work, written explicitly in five chapters with each chapter containing interesting and vital information on the study.
The chapter one contained the background to the study, statement of the problem, purpose of the study, significance of the study, research hypotheses etc., all these were well written out to give the study a focus and solid background.
The methods and procedures used in the course of the study were contained in chapter three of the study. A descriptive survey design was adopted for the study based on its appropriateness and effectiveness in generating data for the study.
The study also relied on the use of questionnaires as an instrument of data collection; fifty copies of the questionnaire were administered on the sampled respondents in the two settings viz National Orthopaedic Hospital Igbobi, and University of Lagos Teaching Hospital respectively.
In the chapter four of the study, the data collected were adequately presented and analyzed using simple percentage and frequency distribution table. While the research hypotheses were tested using independent t-test statistical tool at 0.05% significant level.
1.1 Background to the Study
National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi, Lagos is a specialist hospital, established on the 6th of December 1945 following the Second World War (1939 – 1945). It served as a military rehabilitation clinic for the wounded soldiers from the West Coast of Africa. Injuries suffered by the wounded soldiers include traumatic amputation, fractures, dislocations and spinal cord injuries.
The hospital was designated a Parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Health by the Decree 91 of 1979. The hospital was also designated as a World Health Collaboration Centre in 1981 for purposes of Education, Training and Research, clinical services delivery has also been extended to victims of burns and those for plastic and reconstructive surgery as far back as 1982.
The proliferation of spinal cord injured patients admitted into the hospital in the 70s necessitated the creation of special wards (male and female) for these unfortunate victims of vehicular accidents, falls and gunshot wounds. The extensive and prolonged care of these patients gave rise to the appellation – IGBOBI LANDLORD
Spinal cord injury is one of the most devastating injuries resulting from motor vehicle accidents, stab injuries from assault, gunshot injuries and sports injuries with resultant paralysis and disability.