View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
By State Requirement
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
MONDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Health ambiguity, or uncertainty about the outcome of illness, is significantly associated with depression in survivors of first stroke, and this association is stronger for men than women, according to research published online Sept. 14 in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Michael J. McCarthy, Ph.D., of the University of Cincinnati, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional survey study involving 36 survivors of first stroke (16 female and 20 male) within the preceding 36 months to assess the interaction between health ambiguity and depressive symptoms and whether or not gender moderates the association.
The researchers found that health ambiguity, gender, and their interaction with one another were significantly associated with post-stroke depressive symptoms. There was a stronger correlation between health ambiguity and depressive symptoms for males than for females.
"This pilot study indicated that gender and health ambiguity impact survivor depressive symptoms, independently and in conjunction with one another," the authors write. "Future research, with more sociodemographically diverse samples, should further examine how gender-based health-related beliefs affect survivor outcomes, as well as factors that may protect female survivors from the harmful effects of health ambiguity."
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top