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This study was conducted as descriptive with an aim to determine the factors affecting the illness perception in patients. The study was conducted with the participation of 130 patients receiving treatment in a state hospital between March 25 and May 11, 2018. The data were collected using a questionnaire form consisting of 20 questions and the Illness Perception Questionnaire. Kruskal–Wallis test, Spearman Correlation test in addition to descriptive statistics were used for the evaluation of the data. The item that the patients received the highest score from the Illness Perception Questionnaire was ‘My treatment would be effective in healing my disease’ (3.83 ± 1.21) and the lowest score was from the item ‘Nothing can improve my condition’ (1.93 ± 1.12). It is recommended to organise training in order to strengthen the patients to deal with the side effects of their diseases.
Keywords: Illness perception, behaviour, opinion.
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