Coping after heart transplantation: A descriptive study of heart transplant recipients' methods of coping

Evridiki Kaba, David, R. Thompson *, Philip Burnard

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Abstract

The purpose of the study reported in this paper was to explore the coping strategies of heart transplant recipients. Using a qualitative research approach, interviews were conducted with 42 participants (35 men and seven women). Analysis of the data revealed eight coping strategies: acceptance/optimism, denial/avoidance, setting targets, comparing oneself with others, making attributions, seeking social support, having faith and changing priorities and perceptions. These are discussed in relation to the literature and a tentative model of coping after heart transplantation is offered. The findings may provide i pointers to health professionals about ways in which they can improve support for heart transplant recipients and their families.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)930-936
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume32
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2000

Keywords

  • Coping strategies
  • Grounded theory
  • Heart transplantation
  • Professional support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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