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Life in Transition A Qualitative Study of the Illness Experience and Vocational Adjustment of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Device

Life in Transition A Qualitative Study of the Illness Experience and Vocational Adjustment of... Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing Vol. 27, No. 5, pp 394Y402 Copyright B 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Life in Transition A Qualitative Study of the Illness Experience and Vocational Adjustment of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Device Dorthe Overgaard, PhD; Heidi Grufstedt Kjeldgaard, MNS; Ingrid Egerod, PhD Background: A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is used as a bridge to transplantation in patients with acute heart failure. The device is a major bodily invasion that challenges everyday life. Only few studies have explored the psychosocial adjustments of patients living with an LVAD. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the lived experience of patients with LVADs. Methods: The present study had a qualitative explorative design using in-depth interviews of 10 adult patients that had experienced life with an LVAD from 2008 to 2010 in Denmark. We constructed an interview guide with themes relating to the chronology of the illness trajectory. Data were managed by the qualitative computer package NVivo 8. As a theoretical framework, we chose a life-stage model for the main theme: Life With LVAD. The model describes the developmental tasks in each age group, and we looked at the physical, psychological, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing Wolters Kluwer Health

Life in Transition A Qualitative Study of the Illness Experience and Vocational Adjustment of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Device

Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing , Volume 27 (5) – Sep 1, 2012

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Copyright © 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN
0889-4655
eISSN
1550-5049
DOI
10.1097/JCN.0b013e318227f119
pmid
21912269
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Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing Vol. 27, No. 5, pp 394Y402 Copyright B 2012 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Life in Transition A Qualitative Study of the Illness Experience and Vocational Adjustment of Patients With Left Ventricular Assist Device Dorthe Overgaard, PhD; Heidi Grufstedt Kjeldgaard, MNS; Ingrid Egerod, PhD Background: A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is used as a bridge to transplantation in patients with acute heart failure. The device is a major bodily invasion that challenges everyday life. Only few studies have explored the psychosocial adjustments of patients living with an LVAD. Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the lived experience of patients with LVADs. Methods: The present study had a qualitative explorative design using in-depth interviews of 10 adult patients that had experienced life with an LVAD from 2008 to 2010 in Denmark. We constructed an interview guide with themes relating to the chronology of the illness trajectory. Data were managed by the qualitative computer package NVivo 8. As a theoretical framework, we chose a life-stage model for the main theme: Life With LVAD. The model describes the developmental tasks in each age group, and we looked at the physical, psychological,

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Journal of Cardiovascular NursingWolters Kluwer Health

Published: Sep 1, 2012

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