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Implications for practice and research
Increasingly, there is recognition that women with heart disease have greater psychological morbidity than men.
Owing to increased rates of depression and other factors, such as older age, women are less likely to adhere to behaviour change strategies and attend cardiac rehabilitation (CR).
A tailored and targeted approach, using a gender-based framework and a theoretically derived behaviour change strategy, can improve depressive symptoms in women following an acute cardiac event.
The worth of tailoring and targeting strategies to women's readiness to change behaviours as well as the likely benefit of providing a gender-based approach to care delivery.
The need to replicate this study in other study settings and in women from cultural and linguistically diverse groups.
The importance of measuring process measures and ensuring monitoring of intervention fidelity in research.
In developed countries, coronary heart disease (CHD) contributes to death and disability among women.1 Gender is a dynamic and socially defined construct comprising role enactment, values and beliefs of men and women. Gender-based roles and health …
Competing interests PMD has previously undertaken funded research on women and heart disease.