Little is known regarding the influence of participation in patient groups on self-care in patients with a cardiac surgery history.Objectives
To investigate the relationship between patient group participation and self-care among patients with a cardiac surgery history.Methods
Participants were 956 patients with cardiac surgery history from a patient group. Information on self-care agency, patient group participation, and health status was collected through a self-administered questionnaire.Results
There were 566 valid responses. Participants were mostly male (76.4%), and the mean age was 70.6 years. A high social support level from a patient group was associated with each subscale of the self-care agency as follows: self-care operations (odds ratio [OR] 1.08, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.04–1.12), adjusting one's condition (OR 1.04, 95% CI 1.01–1.07), and attention to self-care (OR 1.05, 95% CI 1.02–1.07).Conclusions
Patient group participation may promote self-care performance in patients with a cardiac surgery history.