Support of wives of myocardial infarction patients

David, R. Thompson *, Christine J. Cordle

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Abstract

Seventy‐six wives ofpatients suffering a first myocardial infarction were studied by questionnaire 6 weeks after their husbands went home. Despite the routine provision of support and information to spouses during their husband's stay in hospital, a high proportion reported physical and emotional symptoms of stress. The majority of wives felt they were poorly informed about myocardial infarction, had not had enough opportunity to ask the experts questions, and had received most support from relatives. The reasons for thesefindings are discussed and suggestions for early and systematic nursing intervention are made in an attempt to reduce stress and prevent the development of unhealthy patterns of behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)223-228
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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