Exploring the meaning of recovery following myocardial infarction

TOD, A. (2008). Exploring the meaning of recovery following myocardial infarction. Nursing standard, 23 (3), 35-42.

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Aim: To explore the meaning of recovery from the perspective of patients who have had a myocardial infarction (MI) and their carers.

Method: Constructivist grounded theory was used, incorporating individual and group interviews. Twenty-four cardiac support group members (15 patients and nine carers) participated in a group interview. Ten patients were individually interviewed six to nine months after MI.

Findings: Following an MI, participants felt different from how they were as a person' before the MI. Recovery was therefore an ongoing process that involved learning to live with that difference. 'Watchful insecurity' emerged as a core category in explaining recovery from the participants' perspective. Recovery was depicted as a series of 'peaks and troughs'.

Conclusion: The individual nature of each person's recovery pathway can be used to develop acceptable and accessible services to support recovery following MI.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: myocardial infarction, patients, psychology, research
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Page Range: 35-42
Depositing User: Caroline Fixter
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2010 15:07
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 09:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1765

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