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The journey towards life satisfaction among clients with coronary heart disease.

Lerissa Rae D. Lumagbas

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ABSTRACT 


The study measured the life satisfaction level of clients with Coronary
Heart Disease. A descriptive-correlational design was used. The study was
conducted in the residences of the respondents, doctors' clinics and diagnostic
laboratories in the Cebu Province. Demographic data of the respondents were
gathered as to age, gender, marital status and educational attainment. The
inclusion criteria in the selection of research respondents were: respondents
must be ages 35 to 75 years old, within one month after discharge, negative for
cognitive and mental disabilities, and able to understand English, Visayan or
Cebuano dialect. The study made use of standardized questionnaires - the
Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy Spiritual Being (FACIT-Sp12)
scale, COPE Inventory, The Beck Anxiety inventory and The Satisfaction with Life
Scale.
Majority of the respondents have ages between 45 to 64 years old, male
and married. Most of them received a formal education and finished their college
degree. The majority of the respondents had a high spiritual well-being level,
used the positive coping style, had a minimal to mild anxiety level and rated an
average to above average level of life satisfaction. No significant relationship
revealed between the age and gender and the life satisfaction of the
respondents. However, marital status, educational attainment, level of spiritual
well-being, illness coping style and anxiety level were significantly related with
the respondents' life satisfaction, implying that these independent variables have
important bearings on the life satisfaction of clients with Coronary Heart Disease.
Based on the findings of the study, the researcher concluded that the
demographic (marital status, education) and the psycho-spiritual (spiritual well
being, illness coping, anxiety level) characteristics have bearings on the life
satisfaction of the respondents with Coronary Heart Disease. Those married who
have high educational attainment derived emotional and social support from their
spouses and social networks that built security to these group of people. The
assurance and protection from those networks raised their well-being in spite of
the current condition. In contrary to popular belief that individuals with heart
disease manifested depression, respondents who have faith in God manifested
peace of mind and positive outlook in life.
The researcher recommended assessment of psycho-spiritual
characteristics and life satisfaction of individuals with Coronary Heart Disease in
a long term basis. Further studies can utilize another tool that is not symptom
based for assessing anxiety level. Aside from spiritual well-being, anxiety and
illness coping, there are some other factors that can be studied further by the
future researchers.
Keywords: life satisfaction, coronary heart disease, spiritual well-being, anxiety
level, positive coping, negative coping

Publication Type
Thesis/Dissertations
Thesis Degree
MS
Specialization
Medical-Surgical Nursing
Publication Date
March 2013
LocationLocation CodeAvailable FormatAvailability
Cebu Normal University T L957 2013 Abstract Print Format
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