2014 Volume 23 Issue 1 Pages 42-45
This research with patients who had myocardial infarctions sought to identify relationships among their attitudes for coping with their illness, support systems, knowledge of treatment, and self-education ability as related to self-management behaviors. A total of 101 patients completed a questionnaire, which was analyzed using path analysis. If patients with myocardial infarctions had a positive attitude for coping with their illness, then their self-education ability regarding treatment was enhanced. Furthermore, their self-education ability promoted self-management behaviors for treatment. A positive attitude about coping with their illness encourages patients to ask questions and appeal to others. As a result, they could receive more organized support from their community, which is expected to promote the patients' self-education ability.