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Living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: The patients' experience / Nina K. Humphreys; Rob Lowe; Jaynie Rance; Paul D. Bennett

Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care, Volume: 45, Issue: 1, Pages: 34 - 40

Swansea University Author: Bennett, Paul

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DOI (Published version): 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2015.10.001

Abstract

In a qualitative study of 18 patients experience of living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), we found three themes of responses to the experience: the physical consequences of living with the ICD; (ii) its emotional consequences (feeling vulnerable and uncertain; anxiety and depr...

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Published in: Heart & Lung: The Journal of Acute and Critical Care
Published: 2016
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa26652
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Abstract: In a qualitative study of 18 patients experience of living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), we found three themes of responses to the experience: the physical consequences of living with the ICD; (ii) its emotional consequences (feeling vulnerable and uncertain; anxiety and depression); and (iii) the strategies people used to cope with the ICD (avoidance/restrictive behaviors; acceptance; concealment)
Keywords: implantable cardioverter defibrillator, patient experience, coping
College: College of Human and Health Sciences
Issue: 1
Start Page: 34
End Page: 40