Improving family functioning after cardiac surgery: a randomized trial.

Journal Article (Clinical Trial;Journal Article)

As part of a randomized clinical trial of in-hospital and postdischarge nursing interventions designed to facilitate the individual patient's recovery and improve the family's functioning after cardiac surgery, we followed 67 patient-spouse pairs for 6 months after surgery. Family health was appraised by using three pencil and paper measurements: the Family APGAR, the Locke-Wallace Marital Adjustment Scale, and the Family Inventory of Resources for Management. Mixed-effects analysis of variance did not detect differences for the main effect of intervention group; however, the main effect of time was significant for both patients' and spouses' APGAR scores and for patients' Marital Adjustment Scale scores, suggesting a pattern of response during recovery from cardiac surgery.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Gilliss, CL; Neuhaus, JM; Hauck, WW

Published Date

  • November 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 648 - 654

PubMed ID

  • 2228655

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-3288

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0147-9563


  • eng