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Spiritual reconfigurations of self after a myocardial infarction: Influence of culture and place.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20471300     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study explored illness narratives following a myocardial infarction (MI) in French Canadians. Qualitative interviews were completed using the McGill Illness Narrative Interview with 51 patients following a first MI. Content analysis of interviews suggested that the heart was perceived as a receptacle that contained an accumulation of life's ordeals, negative emotions and family traumas. This resulted in perceived heart strain, which was considered a direct cause of the MI. References to spirituality were central to the patients' narratives and were identified as instrumental in post-MI recovery. Results illustrate how place and culture interact to shape illness experience and recovery trajectories after a life-threatening health event.
Danielle Groleau; Rob Whitley; François Lespérance; Laurence J Kirmayer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-04-24
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health & place     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1873-2054     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Place     Publication Date:  2010 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-09     Completed Date:  2010-12-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9510067     Medline TA:  Health Place     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  853-60     Citation Subset:  T    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University, Montréal, Qué., Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological*
Anthropology, Cultural
Critical Illness / psychology*
Life Change Events
Middle Aged
Myocardial Infarction / ethnology,  psychology*
Young Adult
Grant Support
63312//Canadian Institutes of Health Research

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