Gender Differences in Changes of Illness Perception among Patients with Myocardial Infarction
- 강경림(Kyoungrim Kang)
- Journal of The Korean Data Analysis Society (JKDAS)
- Vol.20 No.4
- 등재여부 : KCI등재
- 1709 - 1720 (12 pages)
The aim of this study was to understand differences in changes of illness perception between male and female patients with MI. A total of 150 patients with MI completed the brief illness perception questionnaire (B-IPQ) at a few days after experience of MI. At three months after discharge, 136 patients were followed up via telephone or face-to-face. At three months after discharge, differences between genders were most significant in ‘personal control’ (p=.037) and ‘understanding’ (p=.004). Changes in ‘timeline’ and ‘emotional response’ over the same period time differed from genders. Implications of these findings would be to develop post-MI interventions focusing on these variables, in particular for female patients. In future studies, it is suggested to identify factors that could affect these variables by genders.