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The relationship between causal attribution and rehabilitation in patients after their first myocardial infarction. A cross cultural study.
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PMID:  1915426     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Full rehabilitation of a patient following myocardial infarction (MI) involves resumption of work and the restoration of quality of life. Two groups of patients (87 Israeli and 98 Swedish) were admitted to the CCU and followed up after their first MI. To evaluate the patients' own perception of events ('causal attribution theory'), sequential interviews were scheduled. Physical risk factors correlated poorly with rehabilitation outcome at 6 months. However, two patient clusters were pinpointed according to the patients' subjective explanation of the factors contributing to their MI. These 'causal attribution scores' had a predictive value, independent of culture, age, education, disease severity and depression. It is therefore concluded that evaluation of patient perception may assist in planning intervention for high risk psychologically debilitated patients, and thus favourably enhance their rehabilitation outcome.
H Gilutz; D Bar-On; E Billing; N Rehnquist; N Cristal
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European heart journal     Volume:  12     ISSN:  0195-668X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. Heart J.     Publication Date:  1991 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-11-13     Completed Date:  1991-11-13     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8006263     Medline TA:  Eur Heart J     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  883-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Coronary Service, Soroka Medical Center, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological
Alcohol Drinking
Attitude to Health*
Depression / psychology
Educational Status
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / ethnology,  psychology*,  rehabilitation*
Risk Factors

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