Julie D MacInnes

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BACKGROUND Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) has been socially constructed as a gender-specific disease with women not seen to be at risk. Women tend to delay seeking help following the onset of symptoms of acute myocardial infarction (MI). An illness perceptions approach has been used to explain treatment-seeking behaviour. AIMS The aim of this study was to(More)
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES To explore the beliefs patients with heart failure hold about their illness and its treatment using the common-sense model of illness cognitions and behaviour as the theoretical framework. BACKGROUND Heart failure is a disabling condition, which has a significant impact on individuals, their families and healthcare provision. The(More)
BACKGROUND Self-care is a key principle in the management of chronic heart failure (HF). The common sense model (CSM) of illness cognitions and behaviour provides a theoretical framework within which relationships between beliefs and behaviour can be examined. AIM The aim of this study was to determine relationships between illness representations,(More)
Coronary heart disease (CHD) has been socially constructed as a gender-specific disease, with women seen not to be at risk (Lockyer, 2002). This is despite CHD being the leading cause of mortality in both men and women in the Western world (DH, 2004). The aim of this research was to explore the illness perceptions of a sample of women following acute(More)
Nursing roles are expanding and there is a growing expectation that nurses, with appropriate education and experience, are able to perform assessments that were traditionally conducted by doctors. This article discusses patient history, vital signs and physical examination related to the cardiac patient. This will enable practitioners to enhance their(More)
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