Interplay of Self-efficacy and Social Support in Predicting Quality of Life in Cardiovascular Patients in Pakistan

  • Shameem FatimaEmail author
  • Tahira Jibeen
Original Paper


The primary objective of the present study was to assess independent and interactive relations of perceived social support and self-efficacy with four quality of life (QOL) domains namely physical, psychological, social, and environmental in cardiovascular disease (CVD) patients from a South Asian region. Participants were 172 (age 22–60 years) patients recruited from three major government sector hospitals from the fifth biggest city of South Asia. It was found that overall CVD patients had a better QOL in psychological and environmental domains compared to social and psychological. Furthermore, findings from hierarchical regression analyses indicated that perceived social support and self-efficacy were positively associated with the four QOL domains. Besides main effects, a synergistic interaction between social support and self-efficacy emerged indicating that perceived social support was strongly associated with physical and social QOL in CVD patients who had higher self-efficacy levels, while, perceived social support was weakly associated with the physical and social QOL in CVD patients who had lower self-efficacy levels.


Perceived social support Self-efficacy Quality of life Cardiovascular patients 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesCOMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore campusLahorePakistan
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Management and TechnologyLahorePakistan

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