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Revista Brasileira de Enfermagem

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GALLANI, Maria Cecília Bueno Jayme; COLOMBO, Roberta Cunha Rodrigues; ALEXANDRE, Neusa Maria Costa  and  BRESSAN-BIAJONE, Ana Maria. Quality of life of coronary heart disease patients. Rev. bras. enferm. [online]. 2003, vol.56, n.1, pp.40-43. ISSN 0034-7167.

This study compared measures of quality of life (QOL) in two groups of coronary heart disease patients: one with myocardial infarction (MI) and one with angina (A). The population studied consisted of 49 patients from Group MI and 27 patients from Group A. A questionnaire was used to identify socio-demographic and clinical data, as well as data from the SF-36 instrument, to assess the patients' QOL. It was observed in both groups that the QOL declined in the following aspects: physical functioning, pain, general health condition, vitality, social functioning, and mental health. Socio-demographic and clinical variables influenced the QOL score. Studies aiming at a larger number of individuals and a better understanding of the effects of the variables above upon the QOL of coronary patients are needed.

Keywords : quality of life; coronary disease; mortality.

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