UMass Chan Medical School Faculty Publications


Practical Care Support During the Early Recovery Period After Acute Coronary Syndrome

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Department of Quantitative Health Sciences; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine; Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

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Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases | Clinical Epidemiology | Epidemiology | Geriatrics | Health Services Administration | Medical Education


OBJECTIVE: To describe the prevalence and predictors of receipt of practical support among acute coronary syndrome (ACS) survivors during the early post-discharge period.

METHOD: 406 ACS patients were interviewed about receipt of practical (instrumental and informational) support during the week after discharge. Demographic, clinical, functional, and psychosocial predictors of instrumental and informational practical support were examined.

RESULTS: 81% of participants reported receiving practical support during the early post-discharge period: 75% reported receipt of instrumental support and 51% reported receipt of informational support. Men were less likely to report receiving certain types of practical support, whereas married participants and those with higher education, impaired health literacy, impaired activities of daily living, and in-hospital complications were more likely to report receiving certain types of practical support.

CONCLUSION: Receipt of practical support is very common among ACS survivors during the early post-discharge period, and type of support received differs according to patient characteristics.


acute coronary syndrome, caregiver, disease management, support, treatment burden, UMCCTS funding

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J Appl Gerontol. 2016 Dec 1:733464816684621. doi: 10.1177/0733464816684621. Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of applied gerontology : the official journal of the Southern Gerontological Society

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