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  1. Rudin, M. M. and Martinson, I. M. and Gilliss, C. L., Measurement of psychosocial concerns of adolescents with cancer., Cancer nursing, vol. 11 no. 3 (June, 1988), pp. 144-9, ISSN 0162-220X
    (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.

    Adolescent • Adolescent Psychology* • Anxiety • Emotions • Female • Humans • Interview, Psychological • Male • Neoplasms • Thematic Apperception Test • psychology*