The effect of an in-hospital counseling program on knowledge was evaluated over 6 months in 60 male first-time myocardial infarction patients and their wives. Couples were randomly assigned to either a treatment group, where they received a simple program of supportive-educative counseling in addition to routine care, or to a control group, where they received routine care only. All patients and spouses completed a simple knowledge questionnaire. Patients and spouses in the treatment group demonstrated statistically significantly more knowledge than those in the control group. The effect was sustained for 6 months after the intervention.
- Myocardial infarction
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