Date of Award

Summer 1981

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

An examination of the psychological and behavioral responses following the acute myocardial infarction is implemented through a programmed instructional unit. Consideration is given to 1) the psychosocial crisis of an acute myocardial infarction, 2) the emotional reactions commonly seen in the myocardial infarction patient and their family unit, and 3) the effects of such behaviors on the course of the illness and recovery of the patient. Purposeful nursing interventions to promote adaptation, rehabilitation, and full recovery of the cardiac patient are discussed. The programmed instructional unit is directed to those nurses who deal with the myocardial infarction patient, to increase their awareness and skiII in promoting the cardiac patient's recovery. A bibliography is provided for further references.

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