Somebody else's heart inside me: A descriptive study of psychological problems after a heart transplantation

Evridiki Kaba*, David, R. Thompson , Philip Burnard, Deborah Edwards, Eleni Theodosopoulou

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Abstract

This study describes the psychological problems of heart transplant recipients. Using a qualitative research approach, interviews were conducted with 42 patients (35 men and 7 women). Analysis of the data revealed concerns about the donor's heart and how receiving somebody else's heart might affect the recipient's own personality; feelings of guilt for the donor's death and feelings of gratitude towards the donor's family; and concerns about the recipient's own heart. These findings provide health care professionals with pointers that may aid improved information provision and maximise the use of existing coping strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611-625
Number of pages15
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health

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