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The sense of coherence and knowledge about the disease in patients with stable coronary artery disease

Krystyna Kurowska, Agnieszka Nowak
Folia Cardiologica 2014;9(4):337-343.

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Vol 9, No 4 (2014)
Original Papers
Published online: 2014-12-22

Abstract

Introduction. The sense of coherence is a crucial aspect of life that helps to maintain optimal health. The issue is vital in cardiology where level of knowledge about the disease together with cohesion improves the quality of life of the patients with stable coronary artery disease who had a history of coronary angioplasty.

The aim of the study was to assess the impact of the sense of coherence on the level of knowledge in patients suffering from stable coronary artery disease as a determinant of return to optimal health.

Material and methods. We recruited 120 patients from Clinical Unit of Invasive Cardiology in 10th Military Research Hospital and Polyclinic in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The sense of coherence was tested using SOC-29 questionnaire by Aaron Antonovsky and knowledge about the disease was assessed using personal questionnaire.

Results. Respondents differed regarding the level of the sense of coherence, its components and level of knowledge about coronary artery disease. They obtained average SOC and level of knowledge results. A high level of comprehensibility level was observed. In case of manageability and meaningfulness we found statistical significances. The higher level of knowledge the better the sense of manageability and meaningfulness was observed. The longer the patients dealt with the disease the higher level of knowledge of it was found.

Conclusion. Psychoeducation is necessary in patients with stable coronary artery disease. Due to acquired knowledge of lifestyle modification the patients may have better control of therapy and long term effects of the therapy aimed at returning to optimal health.

Abstract

Introduction. The sense of coherence is a crucial aspect of life that helps to maintain optimal health. The issue is vital in cardiology where level of knowledge about the disease together with cohesion improves the quality of life of the patients with stable coronary artery disease who had a history of coronary angioplasty.

The aim of the study was to assess the impact of the sense of coherence on the level of knowledge in patients suffering from stable coronary artery disease as a determinant of return to optimal health.

Material and methods. We recruited 120 patients from Clinical Unit of Invasive Cardiology in 10th Military Research Hospital and Polyclinic in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The sense of coherence was tested using SOC-29 questionnaire by Aaron Antonovsky and knowledge about the disease was assessed using personal questionnaire.

Results. Respondents differed regarding the level of the sense of coherence, its components and level of knowledge about coronary artery disease. They obtained average SOC and level of knowledge results. A high level of comprehensibility level was observed. In case of manageability and meaningfulness we found statistical significances. The higher level of knowledge the better the sense of manageability and meaningfulness was observed. The longer the patients dealt with the disease the higher level of knowledge of it was found.

Conclusion. Psychoeducation is necessary in patients with stable coronary artery disease. Due to acquired knowledge of lifestyle modification the patients may have better control of therapy and long term effects of the therapy aimed at returning to optimal health.

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Keywords

sense of coherence (SOC), education, stable coronary artery disease, percutaneous transdermal coronary angioplasty

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Title

The sense of coherence and knowledge about the disease in patients with stable coronary artery disease

Journal

Folia Cardiologica

Issue

Vol 9, No 4 (2014)

Pages

337-343

Published online

2014-12-22

Bibliographic record

Folia Cardiologica 2014;9(4):337-343.

Keywords

sense of coherence (SOC)
education
stable coronary artery disease
percutaneous transdermal coronary angioplasty

Authors

Krystyna Kurowska
Agnieszka Nowak

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