Spirituality and well being among elders: differences between elders with heart failure and those without heart failure.

Mary T.Quinn Griffin, Yi Hui Lee, Ali Salman, Yaewon Seo, Patricia A. Marin, Randall C. Starling, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick

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Heart failure is a chronic debilitating disease that affects all aspects of a person's life, including physical, mental and spiritual dimensions. The associations among these dimensions, and the relationship to overall health status, have not been clearly identified. The purpose of this quantitative, descriptive study was to explore differences between spirituality, depressive symptoms, and quality of life among elders with and without heart failure. A total of 44 elders with heart failure and 40 non-heart failure elders completed several questionnaires including: The Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale (DSES), Spirituality Index of Well-Being (SIWB), Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D), and SF-12 Health Survey. There were significant differences in the groups on gender and ethnicity; thus these variables were controlled in the analyses related to the dependent variables. After controlling for gender and ethnicity, there were significant differences in the physical component of quality of life and spiritual well-being. The heart failure patients had significantly lower physical quality of life but more spiritual well-being than the non-heart failure patients. There were no significant differences in daily spiritual experiences, mental component of quality of life, and depressive symptoms between the two groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)669-675
Number of pages7
JournalClinical interventions in aging
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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