Background: Depression symptoms are common in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Social support may mediate the effect of illness concealment on depression symptoms. Objective: To examine the relationships between illness concealment, dimensions of social support, and depression symptoms and the mediating effect of the dimensions of social support on depression symptoms in PAH patients. Methods: A cross-sectional design and convenience sampling were applied. Data were collected with three questionnaires and analyzed with hierarchical regression and the PROCESS macro. Results: Ninety-seven participants were enrolled (mean age 50 ± 14 years). In total, 8% had a Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ)-9 score ≥15. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that education level (β = 0.28, p < 0.05), illness concealment (β = 0.21, p < 0.05), and emotional support (β = 0.29, p < 0.01) were determinants of depression symptoms. Emotional support mediated the relationship between illness concealment and depression symptoms. Conclusions: Emotional support can help patients reduce the effect of illness concealment on depression symptoms.
|頁（從 - 到）||706-713|
|期刊||Heart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care|
|出版狀態||Published - 2021 九月 1|
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