Long-term quality of life and uncertainty in patients living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator
2005 (English)In: Heart & Lung, ISSN 0147-9563, Vol. 34, no 6, 386-392 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PURPOSE: This study describes the quality of life (QOL) and uncertainty in patients who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and predicts QOL at long-term follow-up.
METHODS: Long-term follow-up was defined as 6.9 years +/- 1 year (range 4.11-8.7 years). QOL was measured with the Quality of Life Index, and uncertainty was measured with the Mishel Uncertainty in Illness Scale.
RESULTS: The overall QOL and health/functioning were unchanged over time. QOL in the socioeconomic (P = .002) and psychologic/spiritual domains (P = .012) decreased in the first year. From baseline to long-term follow-up, the QOL in the family domain (P = .011) and uncertainty (P = .002) decreased. Uncertainty was a predictor of low QOL.
CONCLUSION: QOL was reasonably good 6.9 years post-ICD implantation. Patients felt less uncertain once they had passed the first year of their illness.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2005. Vol. 34, no 6, 386-392 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18521DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2005.05.003PubMedID: 16324957OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18521DiVA: diva2:220145