Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Degree Program

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Mary Horan

Second Advisor

Katherine Kim

Third Advisor

Virginia Stamler


The purpose of this study was to answer the following question: Do myocardial infarction patients who attend an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation educational program have a higher level of knowledge and less anxiety than individuals who do not attend such a program? A quasi-experimental design with a nonequivalent comparison group was utilized. The nonprobability convenience sample included individuals hospitalized with a myocardial infarction. Sample size was twenty subjects in each of the two groups. A cognitive knowledge test and Spielberger's State Anxiety Inventory were administered within 48 hours of discharge. The experimental group attended an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation educational program which provided both information and support. At five weeks after discharge the cognitive knowledge test and State Anxiety Inventory were repeated by both groups. It was hypothesized that knowledge would be at a higher level and state anxiety would be lower among those who attended the program as compared to those who did not. The hypotheses were not supported as being statistically significant.


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