Life satisfaction in cardiac arrest survivors: A nationwide Swedish registry study

Stefan Aregger Lundh, Johan Israelsson, Peter Hagell, Petra Lilja Andersson, Årestedt Kristofer

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Most cardiac arrest (CA) survivors report good health and quality of life. Life satisfaction on the other hand has not yet been studied in a large scale in the CA population. We aimed to explore life satisfaction as perceived by CA survivors with three research questions addressed: (1) how do CA survivors report their life satisfaction, (2) how are different domains of life satisfaction associated with overall life satisfaction, and (3) how are demographic and medical factors associated with overall life satisfaction?

This registry study had a cross-sectional design. Life satisfaction was assessed using the 11-item Life Satisfaction checklist (LiSat-11). The sample included 1435 survivors ≥18 years of age. Descriptive statistics and binary logistic regression analyses were used.

Survivors were most satisfied with partner relation (85.6%), family life (82.2%), and self-care (77.8%), while 60.5% were satisfied with overall life. Satisfaction with psychological health was strongest associated with overall life satisfaction. Among medical and demographic factors, female sex and poor cerebral performance were associated with less overall life satisfaction.

Generally, CA survivors seem to perceive similar levels of overall life satisfaction as general populations, while survivors tend to be significantly less satisfied with their sexual life. Satisfaction with psychological health is of special interest to identify and treat. Additionally, female survivors and survivors with poor neurological outcome are at risk for poorer overall life satisfaction and need special attention by healthcare professionals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100451
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalResuscitation Plus
Issue number100451
Publication statusPublished - 2023-Aug-19

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Clinical Medicine (302)


  • Health
  • Heart arrest
  • Life satisfaction
  • Quality of life
  • Survivor


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