The experience of spouses whose partners have suffered a myocardial infarction: a phenomenological study

Theobald, Karen A. (1997) The experience of spouses whose partners have suffered a myocardial infarction: a phenomenological study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 26(3), pp. 595-601.

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This phenomenological study describes the lived experience of spouses whose partners have suffered a myocardial infarction. In-depth interviews were conducted with three participants (two females and one male) about their experiences. The findings from the participants were analysed using Giorgi’s method (1985). Informants’ experiences were captured within five major themes: (i) crushing uncertainty, (ii) overwhelming emotional turmoil, (iii) the need for support, (iv) the lack of information heightened anxiety and (v) the acceptance of lifestyle changes. The implications from this study suggest that health care workers need to: embellish their skills in managing spouses’ emotions; communicate with community health professionals regarding support systems; provide families with information concerning the emotional issues associated with MI; provide advice in terms of financial aid; and identify community support groups if these are required. The in-depth knowledge gained from the study will enable nurses to understand how family members feel when a spouse/partner has suffered an MI. It will also provide a framework with which practitioners and families can understand their reactions and assist in the overall rehabilitation of clients.

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ID Code: 332
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: feminology, myocardial infarction, spouses’ experiences
DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1997.t01-21-00999.x
ISSN: 1365-2648
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 30 Jul 2004 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:21

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