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A qualitative study on the challenges cardiac patients face in their life during the perioperative phase of their open heart surgery

Korten, K.J (2020) A qualitative study on the challenges cardiac patients face in their life during the perioperative phase of their open heart surgery.

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Abstract:This qualitative study aims to clarify patients’ experiences of the perioperative phase of their open heart surgery. Six patients treated with coronary artery bypass surgery or heart valve replacement were in-depth interviewed. Four major themes (and 18 subthemes) were identified: (1) Somatic burdens, (2) Mental burdens, (3) Experiencing unpleasant emotions and (4) Experiencing a lack of professional support. Patients seem to underestimate the duration and intensity of the recovery after open heart surgery and struggle with the acceptance of their new life situation and its consequences. Raising awareness of the seriousness of cardiac surgery and creating a sufficient social network can possibly contribute to better dealing with the before and aftermath of cardiac surgery. Making use of an intervention that is flexible in its approach of participation and is based on concepts stemming from positive psychology may be a valuable contribution in supporting cardiac patients during the perioperative phase of cardiac surgery.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/81274
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