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J Women Aging. 2004;16(3-4):19-38.

Understanding and reducing stress and psychological distress in older women with heart disease.

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School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2029, USA. nkjanz@umich.edu

Abstract

Stress and psychological distress were assessed in 457 older women who were subsequently randomized to a six-week heart disease management program ("Women take PRIDE") or to a "usual care" control group. Baseline distress was significantly associated with age, symptoms, physical functioning, social support, optimism, and self-esteem (p < .05). Only 20% of women reported their physician had recommended reducing stress. At four months follow-up, intervention women compared to controls were significantly more likely to report reductions in stress levels (p = 0.02) and also showed improvement in emotional behavior (p = 0.09).

PMID:
15778167
DOI:
10.1300/J074v16n03_03
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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