Table 6

Perceived social support

F-Sozu dimension

All patients (n = 62)

'High-scoring patients' (n = 18)

'Low-scoring patients' (n = 44)

t test


t

d.f.

p


Total social support

4.3 ± 0.8

3.9 ± 1.0

4.4 ± 0.5

2.90

22.6

≤ 0.01

Emotional support

4.4 ± 0.8

4.2 ± 0.9

4.4 ± 0.7

2.24

20.9

≤ 0.05

Practical support

4.0 ± 0.8

3.5 ± 0.9

4.3 ± 0.6

1.88

60

≤ 0.064a

Social integrity

4.2 ± 0.7

3.9 ± 0.8

4.4 ± 0.5

3.53

23.4

≤ 0.005


The Questionnaire for Social Support (F-Sozu) was used to compare 'high-scoring patients' with a Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome 10-Questions Inventory (PTSS-10) score greater than or equal to the cutoff score of 35, indicating an increased risk for development of post-traumatic stress disorder, with 'low-scoring patients' with a PTSS-10 below the cutoff score. Scores are shown as means ± SD. For each of the 22 items a rating between 1 (low support) and 5 (high support) was possible. A post-hoc t test was applied for independent samples. aTrend.

Deja et al. Critical Care 2006 10:R147   doi:10.1186/cc5070

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