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Psychosocial experiences of cardiac patients in early recovery: A community-based study

Dixon, T; Lim, Lynette; Powell, Heather; Fisher, J

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To report on the nature, incidence and severity of problems commonly experienced by cardiac patients in the early months of recovery, and to test the hypotheses that there exist differences in the incidences of these problems depending on age and sex. Methods 1124 emergency cardiac patients discharged from hospital with acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, stable angina pectoris, chronic ischaemic heart disease or heart failure were surveyed 4 months after discharge. They were asked to...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorDixon, T
dc.contributor.authorLim, Lynette
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Heather
dc.contributor.authorFisher, J
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:21:50Z
dc.identifier.issn0309-2402
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/91167
dc.description.abstractTo report on the nature, incidence and severity of problems commonly experienced by cardiac patients in the early months of recovery, and to test the hypotheses that there exist differences in the incidences of these problems depending on age and sex. Methods 1124 emergency cardiac patients discharged from hospital with acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, stable angina pectoris, chronic ischaemic heart disease or heart failure were surveyed 4 months after discharge. They were asked to indicate how often during the previous 2 weeks they had experienced each of a range of feelings and problems common to cardiac patients. Results A large proportion of patients reported experiencing problems in the areas of emotional reactions (70%), physical condition (79%), convalescence (67%) and relating to family and friends (63%). Severe problems were experienced especially in the physical and convalescence areas (43% and 44%, respectively). A greater proportion of patients diagnosed with heart failure experienced problems than those with other diagnoses, and these problems were more severe. Amongst myocardial infarction patients, a greater proportion of females than males reported severe problems in the emotional and physical areas, and patients 65 years and over were more likely than younger patients to report experiencing severe problems with physical condition. Conclusions Many cardiac patients are experiencing psychosocial problems 4 months after hospital discharge, especially with physical activities and convalescence. A knowledge of the incidence and nature of these problems may help nurses to assist patients to validate their experiences.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceJournal of Advanced Nursing
dc.subjectKeywords: adaptive behavior; age; aged; article; cardiovascular disease; community health nursing; female; hospitalization; human; longitudinal study; male; middle aged; nursing; psychological aspect; quality of life; questionnaire; sex difference; time; Adaptation Age and gender differences; Heart disease; Physical problems; Psychosocial experiences; Quality of life
dc.titlePsychosocial experiences of cardiac patients in early recovery: A community-based study
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume31
dc.date.issued2000
local.identifier.absfor111706 - Epidemiology
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub21825
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDixon, T, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationLim, Lynette, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationPowell, Heather, University of Newcastle
local.contributor.affiliationFisher, J, Royal Newcastle Hospital
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue6
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1368
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage1375
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T09:08:47Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0034203740
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