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Cardiac rehabilitation patient versus proxy quality-of-life perceptions.

Clinical nursing research. 
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Spousal perceptions and/or attitudes to their patient partners' capabilities have been shown to affect the effectiveness of the cardiac rehabilitation (CR) process. The purpose of this study was (a) to assess differences between patient and proxy responses to the Medical Outcomes Survey-Short Form 36 (SF36)and (b) suggest how such information may contribute to enhancing rehabitation outcomes. Fifty-eight patients completed the SF36 prior to entering Phase II CR. Patient spouses completed a proxy version of the same questionnaire. The authors found that spouses' perceptions of their patient partners physical functioning (PF) was approximately 10% lower than patients' perceptions of their own PF (p < .04). Implications for the appropriate application of such data are discussed.
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