The psychological experiences of adult heart transplant recipients : a systematic review and meta-summary of qualitative findings

Conway, Aaron, Schadewaldt, Verena, Clark, Robyn, Ski, Chantal, Thompson, David, R., & Doering, Lynn (2013) The psychological experiences of adult heart transplant recipients : a systematic review and meta-summary of qualitative findings. Heart and Lung : the Journal of Acute and Critical Care, 42(6), pp. 449-445.

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Abstract

Background

Psychosocial factors and physical health are associated with increased psychological distress post-heart transplant. Integrating findings from qualitative studies could highlight mechanisms for how these factors contribute to psychological well-being, thus aiding the development of interventions.

Objective

To integrate qualitative findings regarding adult heart transplant recipients experiences, such as their emotions, perceptions and attitudes.

Methods

A systematic review and meta-summary were conducted. Data from seven studies were categorized into 16 abstracted findings.

Results

The most prominent finding across the studies related to recipients’ perceptions of the importance of social support. Other prominent findings related to factors that promoted psychological well-being, such as faith, optimism and sense of control.

Conclusions

Psychological well-being may be improved by enhancing perceived control over health and daily life, promoting an optimistic outlook by facilitating access to social support from other heart transplant recipients and ensuring post-transplant recipient-caregiver partnerships adequately support the transition back to independence.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 62641
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Heart transplant, Cardiac transplant, Anxiety, Depression, Qualitative, Quality of life, Meta-synthesis, Meta-summary
DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2013.08.003
ISSN: 1527-3288
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > CARDIOVASCULAR MEDICINE AND HAEMATOLOGY (110200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Heart and Lung. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Heart and Lung, [VOL 42, ISSUE 6, (2013)] DOI:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2013.08.003.
Deposited On: 18 Sep 2013 22:43
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2014 10:31

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