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Assessing Self-management and Spirituality Practices Among Older Women

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Objective : To understand the role of spirituality in the self-management of cardiovascular disease and arthritis.

Method : Self-management practices were selected from older women enrolled in a longitudinal study (N=492) whereas 24 of the enrolled participants were selected for an indepth interview regarding the role of spirituality in their self-management practices.

Results : Significant differences were found in the level of spirituality in self-management behaviors based on ethnicity. The qualitative analyses reaffirmed the importance of spirituality in the self-management of chronic illness.

Conclusion : Using multiple methodologies, this study elucidated the role of spirituality in the self-management of chronic illness among older women.

Keywords: chronic illness; older women; self-management; spirituality

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Idethia Shevon Harvey, Assistant Professor, Univeristy of Illinois, College of Applied Health Sciences, Champaign, IL.

Publication date: 2008-03-01

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