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Depression Symptoms in Older Adults with Coronary Artery Disease: A Population Based Study

  • Author / Creator
    Fahreen, Rajani I.
  • Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of mortality in developed countries, followed by depression. Recent literature supports a bidirectional relationship between depression and CAD, which adversely affects the quality of life. Although there is a high prevalence of co-occurring CAD and depression, there is limited research on relationship of depression and aging in individuals with CAD. This study employs analytical cross sectional design to identify the relationships between depressive symptoms and aging and identifies factors predicting higher scores on depression screening scales in individuals with CAD. The analyses revealed that older adults reported significantly higher scores on Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) in comparison to younger adults. Moreover female sex, age ≥75 years, smoking, physical limitation, anxiety and social support were independent predictors of depression in individuals with CAD. There is a need to further study the dynamics of depression in older adults with CAD and the effect of depression treatment on morbidity, mortality and quality of life.

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  • Graduation date
    2017-06:Spring 2017
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Nursing
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3ZS2KR5J
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Faculty of Nursing
  • Specialization
    • Aging
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Gerri Lasiuk (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Colleen Norris (Faculty of Nursing)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Kathleen Hunter ((Faculty of Nursing))
    • Edith Pituskin (Nursing | Medicine & Dentistry | Rehabilitation Medicine Oncology)
    • Elisavet Papathanasoglou (Faculty of Nursing)