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Achieving medical stability: Wives' experiences with heart failure.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20601641     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The incidence of heart failure continues to rise as innovative treatments are developed. Despite life-prolonging interventions, morbidity and mortality in patients younger than 65 remain high. Few studies have focused on this younger cohort and/or their family caregivers as they navigate the complex illness trajectories manifested in heart failure. Instrumental case studies were employed to present exemplars for each of the five identified heart failure trajectories. Culling data from a longitudinal study of female spousal caregivers, each case study represents a wife's discussion of caring for a husband (<65 years) in response to the husband's changing heart failure trajectory. The goal of medical stability and the notion of uncertainty permeate throughout the case studies. Suggestions for supporting these wives are presented.
Judith E Hupcey; Kimberly Fenstermacher; Lisa Kitko; Janice Penrod
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical nursing research     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1552-3799     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin Nurs Res     Publication Date:  2010 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-30     Completed Date:  2010-11-04     Revised Date:  2013-12-19    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9208508     Medline TA:  Clin Nurs Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  211-29     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Caregivers / psychology*
Fatal Outcome
Heart Failure / nursing*,  psychology*
Middle Aged
Nursing Methodology Research
Social Support*
Spouses / psychology*
Terminal Care / psychology
Grant Support
1 R15 NR009976-01/NR/NINR NIH HHS; R15 NR009976/NR/NINR NIH HHS

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