Testing a Model of Physical and Psychological Recovery After a Cardiac Event

Bernice C. Yates, Karl Kosloski, Kyle Kercher, Paul Dizona

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Little is known about the specific sources and types of support that assist patients in alleviating stress and achieving positive recovery outcomes after a cardiac event. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of illness-related stress, emotional and tangible support from a significant other, and informational support from a health care provider on physical and psychological recovery outcomes in cardiac patients 8 weeks after their cardiac event. The sample consists of 220 cardiac patients. Data analysis uses structural equation modeling. Final fit indices were as follows: χ2 (df = 110) = 156.169, comparative fit index =.963, Tucker-Lewis index =.949, and root mean square error of approximation =.044 suggesting an acceptable model. Illness-related stress has direct effects on depression, physical recovery, and activity levels. Partner emotional support has a direct effect on depression. The findings provide direction for developing social support interventions aimed at improving recovery outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)871-893
Number of pages23
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2010


  • cardiovascular
  • depression
  • physical recovery
  • stress
  • structural equation modeling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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