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  1. Gilliss, C. L. and Rankin, S. H., Social and sexual activity after cardiac surgery. A report of the first 6 months., Progress in cardiovascular nursing, vol. 3 no. 3 (Jul-Sep., 1988), pp. 93-7, ISSN 0889-7204
    (last updated on 2011/01/30)

    To enhance individual and family health during recovery from heart surgery, this study employed nursing interventions based on self-efficacy and family stress theory during the hospitalization period and for 3 months thereafter. The effectiveness of the interventions were assessed through a randomized trial in which 67 prospective bypass and valve surgery patients, aged 30-77 years, and their spouses, were allocated either the experimental interventions or usual care and followed for 6 months. At 3 months post-surgery, the only statistically significant differences between the experimentals and controls were on perceived self-efficacy for lifting and tolerating emotional distress. At 6 months no significant differences were found on individual or family measures. Analyses revealed that age, gender and preoperative cardiac status significantly affected individual recovery. The study is continuing with a larger sample in order to explicate the recovery process and to better determine whether a low intensity nursing intervention can effect changes in individual and family recovery.

    Activities of Daily Living* • Cardiac Surgical Procedures • Female • Humans • Leisure Activities • Male • Middle Aged • Recreation • Sex* • rehabilitation*