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Problems of cardiac patients in early recovery
University of Limburg, Maastricht.
University of Groningen.
University of Groningen.
University of Limburg, The Netherlands.
1995 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 21, no 1, 21-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Most studies of the problems and information needs of patients describe these only for the period of hospitalization. In this study, however, the authors focused on the first 6 months after discharge. Eighty-two cardiac patients, admitted to a university hospital with a myocardial infarction (MI) or for coronary artery bypass surgery (CABS), were interviewed 6 months after discharge. Questions required them to describe problems they experienced in early recovery and what information they needed. All but one of the 82 patients stated they had experienced problems during the first 6 months after discharge. Most problems described concerned: emotional reactions (59%), their change in physical condition (59%), deleterious effects of treatment (56%) and convalescence (54%). Topics on which most patients needed additional or different information were: deleterious effects of the treatment (26%), physical condition (24%), risk factors (24%), convalescence (24%) and knowledge of the disease (24%).

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1995. Vol. 21, no 1, 21-27 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-62525DOI: 10.1046/j.1365-2648.1995.21010021.xPubMedID: 7897073OAI: diva2:373302
Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2010-11-30 Last updated: 2011-01-26

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