Women’s experiences of how their recovery process is promoted after a first myocardial infarction: Implications for cardiac rehabilitation care
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 11, 30633Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: A rapid improvement in the care of myocardial infarction (MI) in the emergency services has been witnessed in recent years. There is, however, a lack of understanding of the factors involved in a successful recovery process, after the initial stages of emergency care among patients, and in particular those who are women. Both preventive and promotive perspectives should be taken into consideration for facilitating the recovery process of women after a MI.
Aim: To explore how women’s recovery processes are promoted after a first MI.
Methods: A qualitative content analysis was used.
Findings: The women’s recovery process is a multidirectional process with a desire to develop and approach a new perspective on life. The women’s possibility to approach new perspectives on life incorporates how they handle the three dimensions: behaviour, that is, women’s acting and engaging in various activities; social, that is, how women receive and give support in their social environment; and psychological, that is, their way of thinking, reflecting, and appreciating life.
Conclusions: The personal recovery of women is a multidirectional process with a desire to develop and approach a new perspective on life. It is important for cardiac rehabilitation nurses to not only focus on lifestyle changes and social support but also on working actively with the women’s inner strength in order to promote the recovery of the women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jäfälla: Co-Action Publishing , 2016. Vol. 11, 30633
myocardial infarction, promotion, qualitative content analysis, recovery process, women
Nursing Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30732DOI: 10.3402/qhw.v11.30633OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-30732DiVA: diva2:919041
This study was supported by research grants from The Swedish Heart-Lung Foundation, The Swedish Heart and Lung Association, and The Swedish Society of Nursing.2016-04-122016-04-122016-05-13Bibliographically approved