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ISRN Nursing
Volume 2011, Article ID 735936, 11 pages
Research Article

Psychosocial Health Status of Persons Seeking Treatment for Exposure to Libby Amphibole Asbestos

1College of Nursing, Montana State University, P.O. Box 173560, Bozeman, MT 59717-3560, USA
2College of Nursing, Montana State University, 32 Campus Drive no. 7416, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
3Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar and College of Nursing, Montana State University, 32 Campus Drive no. 7416, Missoula, MT 59812, USA
4Center for Asbestos Related Disease, 214 E 3rd Street, Libby, MT 59923, USA

Received 13 February 2011; Accepted 30 March 2011

Academic Editors: N. Jarrett and H. S. Shin

Copyright © 2011 Clarann Weinert et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A cross-sectional exploratory study was conducted to describe the psychosocial health status of persons seeking health care for exposure to Libby amphibole asbestos (LAA). Health indicators including depression, stress, acceptance of illness, and satisfaction with access and financial aspects of care were obtained via electronic and paper-pencil survey. The exposure pathway and demographic data were gleaned from the health record. Of the 386 participants, more than one-third (34.5%) demonstrated significant levels of psychological distress. The oldest group of women had the lowest levels of depression and stress and the highest acceptance of illness. Gender, age, and satisfaction with financial resources were significantly related to depression, stress, and acceptance of illness. Satisfaction with access to care was significant only for stress. No differences in depression, stress, and acceptance of illness were found based on residence, exposure pathway, or insurance status.