Importance of patient belief about illness on recuperation

“Original research” called “Importance of illness beliefs and self-efficacy for patients with coronary heart disease” was published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing by Margaret Lau-Walker in 2007.

The aim of the study was to “assess the association between coronary heart disease patients’ illness beliefs and their self-efficacy 3 years after their hospital discharge”.

The conclusion was: “Early interventions designed to address individuals’ sense of control, beliefs about the length of illness and management of perceived symptoms before hospital discharge could increase rehabilitation programme effectiveness in sustaining patients’ long-term lifestyle changes.”

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