Self-care behavior, hope, and social support in Taiwanese patients awaiting heart transplantation

Li Yun Wang, Pi Chen Chang, Fu Jin Shih, Chi Chen Sun, Chii Jeng

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine the self-care behavior, hope, and social support in patients awaiting heart transplantation and to explore all the correlative and related factors. Methods: In total, 45 participants who met the selection criteria were selected by purposive sampling from four medical centers in Taiwan. The three instruments Self-Care Behavior Scale, Herth Hope Index (HHI), and Social Support Inventory were used for data collection. Results: Significant, positive correlations among self-care behavior, hope, and social support were observed. Social support was the best predictive factor for both self-care behavior and hope. Conclusion: The outcomes of this study can help medical care personnel better understand the self-care behavior, hope, and social support in patients awaiting heart transplantation and can also serve as a reference when developing relevant interventions for these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-491
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychosomatic Research
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

Keywords

  • Heart transplantation
  • Hope
  • Self-care behavior
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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