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Health related quality of life and the support needs of carers of cardiac surgical patients: An exploratory study


Robinson, R and Barnett, T, Health related quality of life and the support needs of carers of cardiac surgical patients: An exploratory study, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 18, (1) pp. 205-209. ISSN 1440-172X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.2012.02020.x


In this descriptive, repeated-measures study, we assessed changes in Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQL) of cardiac surgical patients’ caregivers over time and their need for support. Ninety-six primary carers of cardiac patients who had received elective surgery at one tertiary referral hospital were recruited. The majority were female spouses of patients who had undergone bypass and/or cardiac valve surgery. Participants completed a self-administered questionnaire that included the SF-36v2 quality of life health survey and asked about their need for support 6 weeks and 6 months following patient discharge. Carers reported a significant improvement in five out of eight HRQL dimensions (Physical functioning, Physical role, Vitality, Social functioning, Role-emotional) over the study period (P < 0.05). Those who completed the survey at 6 weeks but not 6 months reported higher scores across all dimensions. Carers’ need for support need was higher at 6 weeks than 6 months.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:cardiac rehabilitation, carers, quality of life, support needs
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Objective Field:Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
ID Code:77829
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2012-05-31
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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