Self Care of Coronary Heart Disease Inventory - Patient Version

Primary Contacts:

Victoria Vaughan Dickson, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean, University of Connecticut School of Nursing

Barbara Riegel, PhD, RN, FAAN, FAHA

Penn Nursing
University of Pennsylvania
418 Curie Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217


Co-Director, International Center for Self-Care Research

Coronary heart disease (CHD) requires a significant amount of self-care. We used the Self-Care of Chronic Illness theory to develop the Self-Care of Coronary Heart Disease Inventory (SC-CHDI). We developed a 22-item measure of self-care maintenance, monitoring, and management appropriate for persons with stable CHD and tested it in a convenience sample of adults, as described in this publication (Dickson VV, Lee CS, Yehle KS, Mola A, Faulkner KM, Riegel B. Psychometric Testing of the Self-Care of Coronary Heart Disease Inventory (SC-CHDI), Research in Nursing & Health, 2017: 40(1), 15-22. DOI 10.1002/nur.21755). The instrument was recently updated and that manuscript is under review. The findings support the conceptual basis of self-care in patients with CHD as a process of maintenance that includes both consultative and autonomous behaviors, monitoring, and management with symptom awareness and response. This instrument is available for use as a measure of self-care in this population.