Depressive Symptoms Effect on Self Care Behavior During the First Month After Myocardial Infarction

  •  Maryam Niakan    
  •  Ezzat Paryad    
  •  Ehsan Kazemnezhad Leili    
  •  Farzane Sheikholeslami    


AIM: To determine the effect of severity of depression symptoms on self care behavior in 15th and 30th day after myocardial infarction (MI).

MATERIALS & METHODS: Gathering data for this cross sectional study was done by Beck depression and self care behavior questionnaires in a heart especial hospital in Rasht in north of Iran .Sample size was 132 after MI patients and data collected from June 2011 to January 2012.

RESULTS: Scores of depression symptoms in 15th and 30th day after MI and score of self care behavior in these days had significant difference (P<0.0001) .Spearman test showed self care behavior had significant relationship with depression symptoms (P<0.0001). GEE model also showed with control of socio demographic and illness related factors, depression symptoms can decrease self care behavior scores (P<0.001).

CONCLUSION: Severity of depression symptoms increase in 15th to 30th day after MI .This issue can affect on self care behavior. This issue is emphasized on nurses’ notice to plan suitable self care program for these patients.

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