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Family-focused cardiac rehabilitation. A role supplementation program for cardiac patients and spouses.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6560527     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A review of the literature yields general agreement among investigators regarding the responses of both patients and spouses to a cardiac event. Anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, marital and sexual dysfunction, and psychosomatic symptoms have been consistently documented up to 1 year following a myocardial infarction or cardiac surgery. Although the patient's physiologic status sets limits on the potential level of recovery, psychosocial variables are new recognized as playing a critical role in the rehabilitation process for both patients and their families. Our 3-year experience with patient-spouse groups supports the view that spouses must be involved throughout the rehabilitative process and that effective participation is provided within the context of a role supplementation program. Such a program facilitates direct and consistent communication as well as flexibility within and between roles. Both end points are critical to the re-establishment of family equilibrium and the ultimate recovery of the cardiac patient.
K Dracup; A Meleis; K Baker; P Edlefsen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Nursing clinics of North America     Volume:  19     ISSN:  0029-6465     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurs. Clin. North Am.     Publication Date:  1984 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-04-17     Completed Date:  1984-04-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0042033     Medline TA:  Nurs Clin North Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  113-24     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM; N    
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Coronary Disease / psychology*,  rehabilitation
Group Processes
Health Education*
Self Concept
Sick Role
Social Support

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