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Spouses' experiences of impact on daily life regarding physical limitations in the loved one with heart failure: a phenomenographic analysis.
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PMID:  20718235     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Physical limitation is a great burden for patients with heart failure, but little is known about how that affects spouses. Beneficial effects of support on the prognosis for the patient with chronic heart failure may come at a psychological and physical cost to the person providing the support.
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to explore and describe how spouses conceive the physical limitations in patients with heart failure and the impact these limitations have on the daily life of the spouse.
DESIGN: A qualitative design with a phenomenographic approach was chosen for the study.
FINDINGS: The informants were 15 spouses of heart failure patients. The spouses perceived a variety of aspects pertaining to how they conceive the physical limitations in the loved one with heart failure and the implication this had on their daily life. The referential aspects were: Losing self-containment, Missing communality, Accommodating to the situation and Finding satisfaction in life.
IMPLICATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS: Awareness must be raised among health care professionals about the profound impact heart failure in loved ones has on the spouses and explore how the spouses' needs can be appropriately met. Since spouses have an important role to play in the management of heart failure, it is of great importance that nurses identify and support spouses to manage daily life activities. Taking care of the good days in order to have a rich life and to help spouses see possibilities is necessary since it is difficult to predict the future.
Emma Pihl; Bengt Fridlund; Jan Mårtensson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Canadian journal of cardiovascular nursing = Journal canadien en soins infirmiers cardio-vasculaires     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0843-6096     ISO Abbreviation:  Can J Cardiovasc Nurs     Publication Date:  2010  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-19     Completed Date:  2010-09-16     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8913645     Medline TA:  Can J Cardiovasc Nurs     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  9-17     Citation Subset:  N    
School of Social and Health Sciences, Halmstad University, Sweden.
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MeSH Terms
Activities of Daily Living / psychology*
Adaptation, Psychological*
Attitude to Health*
Chronic Disease
Cost of Illness
Heart Failure* / psychology
Home Nursing / psychology
Needs Assessment
Nurse's Role
Nursing Assessment
Nursing Methodology Research
Personal Satisfaction
Qualitative Research
Quality of Life
Social Support
Spouses / psychology*

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