Using the cardiac depression scale in men recovering from coronary artery bypass surgery
Kathryn M King, Tracey JF Colella, Peter Faris, David R Thompson
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NURSING | WILEY | Published : 2009
AIMS: To examine the utility and validate the use of the Cardiac Depression Scale in patients who had first-time coronary artery bypass graft surgery. BACKGROUND: The Beck Depression Inventory, though frequently used, may not be sufficiently sensitive for use in cardiac patients. The Cardiac Depression Scale has been shown to identify the range of depression in medical cardiac patients. DESIGN: Survey. METHODS: The Beck Depression Inventory and Cardiac Depression Scale were administered to 120 men at hospital discharge, as well as six, 12 and 36 weeks postoperatively. Cronbach's alpha scores were calculated for the measures at each point. Changes in scores over time were analysed using repea..View full abstract
Dr Kathryn M King was supported by a Health Scholar Award from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.