Date of Award

Summer 1985

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

The purpose of this essay is to develop within the reader an awareness of the incidence and significance of depression in cardiovascular patients, and to suggest an intervention which is supported by a strong theoretical base. Research relative to the effectiveness of collaborative goal-setting in other patient populations is presented, and the implications in terms of the cardiovascular patient is discussed. Nursing assessment is the initial step in the process leading to realistic goal-setting. Primary and secondary assessment tools are discussed and presented in terms of their usefulness in the clinical setting. Through purposeful interventions, nurses can foster a sense of well-being within the patient, and thus establish a milieu which is deterrent to the development of depression.

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