Grief and loss for patients before and after heart transplant
2016 (English)In: Heart & Lung, ISSN 0147-9563, E-ISSN 1527-3288, Vol. 45, no 3, 193-198 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The purpose of the study was to examine the loss and grief experiences of patients waiting for and living with new hearts.
There is much scholarship on loss and grief. Less attention has been paid to these issues in clinical transplantation, and even less on the patient experience.
Part of a qualitative inquiry oriented to the work of Merleau-Ponty, a secondary analysis was carried out on audiovisual data from interviews with thirty participants.
Patients experience loss and three forms of grief. Pre-transplant patients waiting for transplant experience loss and anticipatory grief related to their own death and the future death of their donor. Transplanted patients experience long-lasting complicated grief with respect to the donor and disenfranchised grief which may not be sanctioned.
Loss as well as anticipatory, complicated and disenfranchised grief may have been inadvertently disregarded or downplayed. More research and attention is needed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Philadelphia, PA, USA: Mosby, Inc. , 2016. Vol. 45, no 3, 193-198 p.
Grief; Transplantation; Heart; Qualitative; Merleau-Ponty; Disenfranchised
Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126230DOI: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2016.01.006ISI: 000375819900006PubMedID: 26897722OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-126230DiVA: diva2:913063
Funding agencies: Faculty of Community Services at Ryerson University2016-03-182016-03-182016-06-10Bibliographically approved