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Women's social support and social network after their first myocardial infarction: a 4-year follow-up with focus on cardiac rehabilitation
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Primary Health Care Research and Development Unit, County Council Halland, Falkenberg, Sweden, Dept. of Primary Health Care, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
Department of Surgery, Central Hospital, Halmstad, Sweden.
School of Social and Health Sciences, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden, Dept. of Primary Health Care, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden, School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Växjö University, Växjö, Sweden.
2005 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 4, no 4, 278-285 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Knowledge about women's recovery following a myocardial infarction (MI) with focus on how their social support and network change over time as a result of participation in a cardiac rehabilitation programme (CRP) is not well established.

Aim: The aim of this study was to describe and compare social support and network changes over a 4-year period in women with a first MI, based on socio-demographic and situational data.

Method: A longitudinal, comparative study with a non-randomised design including pre- and post-tests (1 and 4 years after MI) was carried out in 18 hospitals in Sweden. Consecutively chosen women (N = 240) answered a questionnaire on the subject of social support and network.

Results: The women who participated in a CRP were mainly dependent upon professional support during the first year after MI (p < 0.0001), while those who declined to participate in a CRP needed professional support throughout the whole 4-year period (p = 0.001). Participation in CRP was dependent on the women's age, those under 60 years (p = 0.050).

Conclusion: There is a need to develop CRPs that are specifically designed for women based on their age and family relationships. Nurses' training programmes should place greater emphasis on cardiac rehabilitation from the perspective of women with focus on professional support.

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2005. Vol. 4, no 4, 278-285 p.
Keyword [en]
Cardiac rehabilitation programme, Coronary heart disease, Myocardial infarction, Social support and network, Women
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50350DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2005.06.004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50350DiVA: diva2:271246
Available from: 2009-10-11 Created: 2009-10-11 Last updated: 2013-09-10
In thesis
1. Cardiac rehabilitation in hospital and at home: a long-term study from the perspective of women who have suffered their first myocardial infarction
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cardiac rehabilitation in hospital and at home: a long-term study from the perspective of women who have suffered their first myocardial infarction
2004 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The general aim of this licentiate thesis was to describe and compare, from a longitudinal perspective, the extent of cardiac rehabilitation efforts as well as changes in social support and social network in women who have suffered their first myocardial infarction (MI). The studies had a descriptive, comparative and longitudinal design. Data were collected from healthcare professionals at 18 acute hospitals, who on two occasions answered a questionnaire dealing with cardiac rehabilitation efforts. From these 18 hospitals, 240 women who had suffered a first MI were consecutively chosen to answer a questionnaire on three occasions on the subject of social support and social network. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyse data over time. The result showed that patients with different ischaemic heart disease diagnoses and their next-of-kin were offered different cardiac rehabilitation programmes (CRPs). None of the hospitals offered a CRP that was specifically designed for women. The women experienced that the extent of general support, support from relatives, and professional support changed positively over time. The women who participated in a CRP reported less need for professional support over time compared to non participants. This licentiate thesis provides knowledge about social support and social network that can be used to develop CROPs based on the special needs of women with MI and their relatives.

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52 p.
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Linköping Studies in Health Sciences. Thesis, ISSN 1100-6013 ; 68
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Omvårdnadsforskning vid Hälsouniversitetet i Linköping, 14
Keyword
cardiac rehabilitation programme, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, social network, social support, women
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Medical and Health Sciences
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urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24167 (URN)3753 (Local ID)91-7373-845-X (ISBN)3753 (Archive number)3753 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2013-09-10

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