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Depressive mood after a cardiac event: Gender inequality and participation in rehabilitation programme
Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Care, Cardiology. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.
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2004 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, Vol. 3, no 4, 295-302 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Depressive mood after a cardiac event is common with serious consequences for the patient. To compare gender in depressive mood during the first year after a cardiac event and to evaluate the effect of participating in a multidimensional secondary prevention program on depressive mood. 166 men and 54 women, <73 years, consecutively answered a questionnaire concerning depressive mood at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 5 months and 1 year after discharge after a cardiac event. At 2 weeks, each patient met a nurse, and was informed about the disease and received individual support about lifestyle changes. Of those invited to participate in a secondary prevention program, 127 patients accepted, and 93 declined participation. At each of the four follow-ups, women had significantly higher depression scores than men. Depressive mood in both women and men was significantly reduced at 6 weeks. Thereafter, it increased to the 2-week level in women and to above the 2-week level in men. No differences were seen in patients participating or not in secondary prevention programs. Women had higher depressive mood scores than men and secondary prevention programs failed to improve depressive mood in both women and men. © 2004 European Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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2004. Vol. 3, no 4, 295-302 p.
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coronary heart disease, depression, gender, secondary prevention, inequality, empowerment
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24349DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2004.08.003Local ID: 6438OAI: diva2:244667
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2011-01-12

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