A qualitative study of the spouse's experience following coronary artery bypass surgery: Implications for Nursing Practice

Gow, Jennifer M., Theobald, Karen A., & Nagle, Christina M. (1995) A qualitative study of the spouse's experience following coronary artery bypass surgery: Implications for Nursing Practice. In The 19th Australian & New Zealand Scientific Meeting on Intensive Care Conference, 20-23 October 1994, Sydney Convention Centre, Darling Harbour, NSW.

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Findings from numerous quantitative studies suggest that spouses of patients undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass (CAB) surgery experience both physical and emotional stress before and after their partner's surgery. Such studies have contributed to our understanding of the spouses' experiences, however they have largely failed to capture the qualitative experience of what it is like to be a spouse of a partner who has undergone CAB surgery.

The objective of this study was to describe the experience of spouses of patients who had recently undergone CAB surgery. This study was guided by Husserl's phenomenological approach to qualitative research. In accordance with the nature of phenomenological research the number of participants necessarily needs to be small because phenomenology values the unique experience of individuals. Therefore this study gathered data from four participants utilising open ended indepth interviews.

The method of analysis was adapted from Amedeo Giorgi's five step empirical phenomenological process which brackets preconceived notions, reducing participants' accounts to the essential essence or meanings.

Numerous themes common to each of the spouses emerged. These included: seeking information; the necessity for rapid decision making; playing guardian; a desire to debrief with their partner and lastly, uncertainty of their future role.

This study has attempted to understand the phenomena of the spouse's experience and in doing so, believe that we now have a better understanding and insight into the needs of spouses of CAB surgery patients. This has added another dimension to our existing body of knowledge and further facilitates holistic patient care.

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ID Code: 90191
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Abstract published in Australian Critical Care, Volume 8, Issue 1, March 1995, Pages 37
DOI: 10.1016/S1036-7314(95)70245-4
ISSN: 1036-7314
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
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 1995 Published by Elsevier B.V.
Deposited On: 13 Nov 2015 06:40
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 06:40

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