Identifying the health and mental health information needs of people with coronary heart disease, with and without depression

Pier, Ciaran, Shandley, Kerrie A., Fisher, Julie L., Burstein, Frada, Nelson, Mark R. and Piterman, Leon 2008, Identifying the health and mental health information needs of people with coronary heart disease, with and without depression, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 188, no. 12, Supplement, pp. S142-S144.


Title Identifying the health and mental health information needs of people with coronary heart disease, with and without depression
Author(s) Pier, Ciaran
Shandley, Kerrie A.
Fisher, Julie L.
Burstein, Frada
Nelson, Mark R.
Piterman, Leon
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 188
Issue number 12
Season Supplement
Start page S142
End page S144
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Ltd
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008-06-16
ISSN 0025-729X
1326-5377
Keyword(s) depression
coronary artery disease
health education
Summary Objective:
To identify the health and mental health information needs of people with coronary heart disease (CHD), with and without comorbid depression.

Design and setting:
A qualitative study conducted in Melbourne in 2006, using thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews on the types of health information that patients with CHD considered useful to assist with the management of their illness. Structured clinical interviews were used to assess current and prior depressive episodes in these patients.

Participants:
14 general practice patients (eight with current or prior history of major depression) who had experienced myocardial infarction, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, angioplasty or angina (confirmed via testing).

Results:
Four themes relating to information on how patients could manage their cardiovascular health and improve their psychosocial wellbeing emerged: psychosocial; physical activity; medical; and information for family. The most prominent information needs included identification and management of risk-related physical symptoms, and psychosocial information, most notably to enhance patients’ social support. Patients considered this information important for alleviating health anxiety and negative affect.

Conclusion:
This small patient sample endorsed the need for health and mental health information on a range of psychosocial and physical health topics. Participants desired specific types of information to assist with the self-management of their health and to assuage their health concerns.

Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920205 Health Education and Promotion
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017746

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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