The Effect of a Humanitude Care Program on the Anxiety of Older Persons Who were Admitted in a Coronary Care Unit
The purposes of this quasi-experimental research were to compare 1) the anxiety of older persons who were admitted in a coronary care unit before and after undergoing a humanitude care program in an experimental group, and 2) the anxiety of older persons who were admitted in a coronary care unit between the experimental group who underwent the program and a control group who received only conventional nursing care. The participants consisted of 44 elderly patients, men and women aged 60 years and over, with moderate anxiety levels. They were admitted in the coronary care unit of Rajavithi Hospital. The first 22 participants were assigned to the experimental group and the other 22 participants were assigned to the control group. The experimental group received the program designed by the researcher which, was scheduled for 3 days. The research instruments were: 1) The humanitude care program for elderly persons with anxiety, and 2) The State Anxiety Inventory: Form X-1, Thai version. All instruments were validated for content validity by five professional experts. The reliability of anxiety scale was 0.89. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics and t-test.
The results found that:
1. The mean score of the anxiety of older persons who were admitted in a coronary care unit and participated in the Humanitude program was significantly lower than the mean score prior to experiment. (p<.05)
2. The mean score of the anxiety of older persons who were admitted in a coronary care unit and participated in the Humanitude program after participating in the program was lower than the mean score of those who received only conventional nursing care. (p<.05)
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