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A 3-year follow-up of participation in peer support groups after a cardiac event
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
Department of Nursing, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2004 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, E-ISSN 1873-1953, Vol. 3, no 4, p. 315-320Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Secondary prevention is an important component of a structured rehabilitation programme following a cardiac event. Comprehensive programmes have been developed in many European countries, the vast majority of which are hospital based. In Sweden, all patients with cardiac disease are also given the opportunity to participate in secondary prevention activities arranged by the National Association for Heart and Lung Patients [The Heart & Lung School (HL)]. The aim of this 3-year longitudinal study was to compare persons who attended the HL after a cardiac event and those who declined participation, with regard to health aspects, life situation, social network and support, clinical data, rehospitalisation and mortality. Totally 220 patients were included in the study. The patients were asked to fill in a questionnaire on four occasions, in addition to visiting a health care center for physical examination. After 3 years, 160 persons were still participating, 35 of whom attended the HL. The results show that persons who participated in the HL exercised more regularly, smoked less and had a denser network as well as more social support from nonfamily members than the comparison groups. This study contributes to increased knowledge among healthcare professionals, politicians and decision makers about peer support groups as a support strategy after a cardiac event.

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London: Sage Publications, 2004. Vol. 3, no 4, p. 315-320
Keywords [en]
cardiac disease, secondary prevention, long-term rehabilitation, peer support groups, adult, aged, article, controlled study, female, group psychology, health care facility, heart infarction, hospitalization, human, kinesiotherapy, major clinical study, male, mortality, physical examination, priority journal, questionnaire, smoking, support group, aged, 80 and over, angioplasty, transluminal, percutaneous coronary, case-control studies, coronary artery bypass, follow-up studies, humans, middle aged, myocardial infarction, outcome assessment (health care), peer group, prospective studies, self-help groups, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-481DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2004.05.003PubMedID: 15572020Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-9644302504OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-481DiVA, id: diva2:237660
Available from: 2007-02-06 Created: 2007-02-06 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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