Show simple item record

dc.contributor.authorDiGiacomo, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Patricia
dc.contributor.authorVanderpluym, A.
dc.contributor.authorSnell, R.
dc.contributor.authorWorrall-Carter, L.
dc.identifier.citationDiGiacomo, M. and Davidson, P. and Vanderpluym, A. and Snell, R. and Worrall-Carter, L. 2007. Depression, anxiety, and stress in women following acute cardiac syndrome: implications for secondary prevention. Australian Critical Care. 20: pp. 69-76.

Objective: To document incidence of depression, anxiety, and stress in women more than six months following an acute coronary syndrome. Design: Participants were identified from a coronary care unit database. The Depression Anxiety Stress Scales 21 (DASS 21) was sent to potential participants via postal survey. Setting: A metropolitan teaching hospital in Melbourne, Australia Participants: The cohort of women was aged between 55 and 70 years. They had been admitted to hospital with a diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) between 6 - 14 months prior to participating in this study. Main Outcome Measures: Scores on Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS 21) Results: Of the 117 posted questionnaires, thirty-nine women with a mean age of 63 (SD 4.97) responded to the survey, representing a response rate of 33.3%. Most participants scored within normal levels of depression (66.7%), anxiety (60.5%), and stress (70.3%), however, mild to extremely severe levels of each construct (33.4%, 39.6%, and 29.7%, respectively) were found. Conclusions: The reporting of elevated levels of depression, anxiety and stress in a subset of women more than six months following an ACS event underscores the importance of ongoing screening for risk factors impacting on psychological well-being and the inclusion of this information in education and counseling strategies in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Based on these pilot data, consideration of a screening system in the immediate post discharge period for women at risk and an education or support service are recommended.

dc.publisherElsevier Inc
dc.titleDepression, anxiety, and stress in women following acute cardiac syndrome: implications for secondary prevention
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleAustralian Critical Care
curtin.accessStatusFulltext not available

Files in this item


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record