Recovering from an acute cardiac event - the relationship between depression and life satisfaction

Page, Karen N., Davidson, Patricia, Edward, Karen-leigh, Allen, Josh, Summins, Robert A., Thompson, David R. and Worrall-Carter, Linda (2010) Recovering from an acute cardiac event - the relationship between depression and life satisfaction. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19 5-6: 736-743. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03106.x

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Author Page, Karen N.
Davidson, Patricia
Edward, Karen-leigh
Allen, Josh
Summins, Robert A.
Thompson, David R.
Worrall-Carter, Linda
Title Recovering from an acute cardiac event - the relationship between depression and life satisfaction
Journal name Journal of Clinical Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0962-1067
Publication date 2010-03
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2009.03106.x
Volume 19
Issue 5-6
Start page 736
End page 743
Total pages 8
Editor Carol Haigh
Debra Jackson
Roger Watson
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject C1
110201 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
111714 Mental Health
920410 Mental Health
920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
Formatted abstract
This study sought to measure the rates and trajectory of depression over six months following admission for an acute cardiac event and describe the relationship between depression and life satisfaction.

Co-morbid depression has an impact on cardiac mortality and is associated with the significant impairment of quality of life and well-being, impairments in psychosocial function, decreased medication adherence and increased morbidity.

This was a descriptive, correlational study.

The study was undertaken at a large public hospital in Melbourne. Participants were asked to complete a survey containing the cardiac depression scale (CDS) and the Personal Well-being Index.

This study mapped the course of depression over six months of a cohort of patients admitted for an acute cardiac event. Significant levels of depressive symptoms were found, at a level consistent with the literature. A significant correlation between
depressive symptoms as measured by the CDS and the Personal Well-being Index was found.

Depression remains a significant problem following admission for an acute coronary event. The Personal Wellbeing Index may be a simple, effective and non-confrontational initial screening tool for those at risk of depressive symptoms in
this population.

Relevance to clinical practice:
Despite the known impact of depression on coronary heart disease (CHD), there is limited research describing its trajectory. This study makes a compelling case for the systematic screening for depression in patients with CHD and the importance of the nursing role in identifying at risk individuals.
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Keyword Cardiac depression scale
Coronary heart disease
Personal well-being index
Q-Index Code C1
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