Empowerment through education : enhancing quality of life of clients on anticoagulant therapy

Document Type



Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor's Name

Luz Porter

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Sharon Anderson

Third Advisor's Name

Janice Sandiford

Date of Defense



This particular study was a sub-study of an on-going investigation by Porter and Kazcaraba (1994) at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Miami. While the Porter and Kazcaraba study utilizes multiple measures to determine the impact of nurse patient collaborative care on quality of life of cardiovascular patients receiving anticoagulant therapy, this study sought to find whether health education could empower similar clients to improve their quality of life.

A health education program based on Freire's belief that shared collective knowledge empowers individuals to improve their lives and their community and Porter's nurse patient collaborative care model was used. Findings on a sample of thirty-eight subjects revealed strong correlations between self-esteem and life satisfaction as well as a trend towards increased power post-treatment. No group comparisons were made at posttest because the sample size was too small for meaningful statistical analysis.



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