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Social network and experiences of social support among women 12 months after their first myocardial infarction
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI). Department of Primary Health Care, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
1997 (English)In: International Journal of Rehabilitation and Health, ISSN 1068-9591, E-ISSN 1573-1537, Vol. 3, no 2, p. 131-142Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Few studies exist concerning the situation of women after a myocardial infarction (MI). The aim of this longitudinal study was to map out women’s social network and social support 12 months after a first MI. A sample of 200 consecutively chosen female patients below 70 years of age (ranges 35-70 years) answered a similar questionnaire on different occasions: before hospital discharge and at 3 and 12 months after the MI event. We analyzed the data with descriptive and inferential statistics. The results showed that 90% of the women had network members available who provided them with support. The strongest bonds existed between patient and close relatives, such as children, parents, or siblings, and then with spouse and intimate friends, in that order. The bonds between patients and health care professionals were not strong at the time of the MI, but subjects reported a significant increase (p < .0007) during the following 12 months. The need for material support was highest directly after the MI and for informational support 3 months later, and after 12 months the need for belonging dominated. More than half of the women had participated in secondary prevention programs. Further research is necessary to be able to understand enabling and limiting aspects of social support in connection with recovery from MI. © 1997 Springer Nature Switzerland AG. Part of Springer Nature.

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New York, NY: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997. Vol. 3, no 2, p. 131-142
Keywords [en]
adult, aged, article, female, heart infarction, hospital discharge, human, human tissue, major clinical study, priority journal, risk factor, secondary prevention, social adaptation, social support, statistical analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40750DOI: 10.1007/BF02806726Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0030808430OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-40750DiVA, id: diva2:1362357
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