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Women's experiences of recovery after myocardial infarction: a meta-synthesis
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2007 (English)In: Heart & Lung, ISSN 0147-9563, E-ISSN 1527-3288, Vol. 36, no 6, p. 410-417Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Women report lower well-being, compared with men, during recovery after myocardial infarction (MI). To support women in their recovery it is important to understand their experiences from their own perspective. However, a single study using a qualitative method does not have the potential to contribute to evidence-based nursing practice, and it is therefore important to synthesize findings from several qualitative studies. Objectives: The aim of this study was to perform a meta-synthesis of findings of women's experiences of recovery after MI. Methods: A meta-synthesis with seven qualitative studies, including a total of 70 women, was performed. Results: Recovery was characterized by subordination and superordination. The women strived to preserve their self, and at the same time they were strongly oriented toward other people. Four concepts emerged: protecting, adjusting, downgrading, and succumbing. Conclusion: Women oscillate between subordination and superordination. Protecting the matriarchy and being a victim of the patriarchy shed light on this ambivalence in the same way as adjusting to the situation and succumbing to the disease do.

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St. Louis, MO: Mosby Inc. , 2007. Vol. 36, no 6, p. 410-417
Keywords [en]
myocardial infarction, recovery, women, experiences, ambivalence, article, experience, health behavior, heart infarction, human relation, priority journal, self concept, adult, aged, 80 and over, female, humans, life style, middle aged, sex factors, stress, psychological
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-1332DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2007.02.008ISI: 000251115300003PubMedID: 18005802Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-36049022875Local ID: 2082/1711OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-1332DiVA, id: diva2:238550
Available from: 2008-04-16 Created: 2008-04-16 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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