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nursing intervention, social cognitive theory, sudden cardiac arrest



  1. Dougherty, Cynthia M. ARNP, PhD
  2. Johnson-Crowley, Nia R. RN, PhD
  3. Lewis, Frances Marcus RN, MN, PhD
  4. Thompson, Elaine A. RN, PhD


This article discusses the theoretical development of a nursing intervention program to enhance recovery over the first year following sudden cardiac arrest. Concepts from social cognitive theory and domains of concern following sudden cardiac arrest underpin a tailored and standardized nursing intervention. The nursing intervention program is designed for delivery by means of telephone and through the mail. Testing of the nursing intervention program is underway using a clinical trial design.