The experiences of patients and their partners 1 month after a heart attack

David, R. Thompson , Steven J Ersser, Rosemary A. Webster

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The purpose of this study was to explore any patterns that may be evident in the experiences of 20 patients and their partners 1 month after a first heart attack. An interpretive research approach was used to illuminate the illness experience of patients and its impact on their partners. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the participants, and qualitative analysis of the data revealed six major categories. These were: expectations about advice and information; feelings about the future; reactions of the partner; playing down the significance of the heart attack; wanting to get back to normal; and the effect on the couple's relationship. These findings are discussed in relation to the theoretical literature and other empirical research. The results of this study may provide pointers to the implications for practice of nurses, particularly on ways to improve support for patients and their partners during early convalescence

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-714
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 1995

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