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Rehabilitation (Stuttg). 2017 Jun;56(3):181-188. doi: 10.1055/s-0042-121379. Epub 2017 Feb 23.

[Subjective Aspects of Return to Work and Social Reintegration in Patients with Extensive Work-related Problems in Cardiac Rehabilitation - Results of a Qualitative Investigation].

[Article in German; Abstract available in German from the publisher]

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Professur für Rehabilitationswissenschaften, Universität Potsdam.
Katholische Hochschule für Sozialwesen, Berlin.
Klinik Am See, Rüdersdorf.


in English, German

This study investigated subjective biopsychosocial effects of coronary heart disease (CHD), coping strategies and social support in patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and having extensive work-related problems. A qualitative investigation was performed in 17 patients (48.9±7.0 y, 13 male) with extensive work-related problems (SIMBO-C>30). All patients were interviewed with structured surveys. Data analysis was performed using a software that is based on the content analysis approach of Mayring. In regard to effects of disease, patients indicated social aspects including occupational aspects (62%) more often than physical or mental factors (9 or 29%). Applied coping strategies and support services are mainly focused on physical impairments (70 or 45%). The development of appropriate coping strategies was insufficient although social effects of disease were subjectively meaningful for patients in CR.

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