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ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION IN PATIENTS WITH PERMANENT CARDIAC PACEMAKER

Monday, May 1, 2017

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2017

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Pages: 107-123

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1025346

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Objective: To explore factors associated with anxiety and depression of patients with permanent cardiac pacemaker. Material and methods: The study sample consisted of 230 patients with a pacemaker who visited for check a public hospital outpatient department.Data collection was conducted using a questionnaire which included patientsĺ characteristics and the "Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale" (HADs).Results: High levels of anxiety and depression were observed in 26.9% and 14.1% of the sample, respectively. Regarding anxiety, a statistically association was observed between anxiety levels and gender (p=<0.001), age (p=0.040), number of children (p=0.042), existence of a family member with pacemaker (p=0.050), patients degree of information about their health (p=0.013) and finally the degree of family's information (p=0.027).In terms of depression, a statistically significant association was observed between depression levels and gender (p=0.002), age (p=0.001), marital status (p=0.012), existence of other family member with health problem (p=0.034) or with pacemaker (p=0.003), patients information about their health (p=0.006) and the relation with nursing staff (p=0.001).Conclusions: It is important to assess patients' characteristics when implementing strategies to confront with psychiatric disorders in this vulnerable population group.

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