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Decisive situations influencing spouses' support of patients with heart failure: A critical incident technique analysis
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
2001 (English)In: Heart & Lung, ISSN 0147-9563, E-ISSN 1527-3288, Vol. 30, no 5, p. 341-350Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to describe decisive situations experienced by spouses of patients with heart failure that could potentially affect their ability to provide social support to the patient.

METHODS:

A qualitative descriptive design with a critical incident technique was used. Twenty-three informants, 15 women and 8 men, who were spouses of patients with severe heart failure were strategically chosen to ensure maximal variation in sociodemographic data and experiences as a spouse.

RESULTS:

Decisive situations influenced the experience of spouses of patients with heart failure in a manner that was either positive (involvement with others) or negative (feeling like an outsider). When spouses were given attention and treated like persons of value, they experienced involvement with others. In these cases, spouses had someone to turn to and were included in the physical care. In contrast, when spouses were kept at a distance by the patient, were socially isolated, and received insufficient support from children, friends, and health care professionals, they experienced feeling like an outsider.

CONCLUSIONS:

By identifying spouses' experiences, health care professionals can assess which kind of specific interventions should be used to improve the life situation of the patient with heart failure and his or her spouse.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier , 2001. Vol. 30, no 5, p. 341-350
Keywords [en]
adult, aged, article, clinical article, demography, experience, family, female, heart failure, human, life, male, priority journal, social aspect, social support, spouse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-3473DOI: 10.1067/mhl.2001.116245ISI: 000171737500003PubMedID: 11604976Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0034775012OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-3473DiVA, id: diva2:293066
Available from: 2010-02-10 Created: 2009-12-01 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved

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