The impact of advanced heart failure on social, psychological and existential aspects and personhood

Amy Leeming, Scott A. Murray, Marilyn Kendall*

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Abstract

Background: Heart failure is a common cause of death and causes significant morbidity in its advanced stage. As the illness progresses, lack of physical health may overshadow psychological, social and existential distress.

Aims: To explore the impact of advanced heart failure on other aspects of the patients' lives.

Methods: We undertook a secondary analysis of interview data generated for a qualitative longitudinal study looking at the experiences of patients with advanced heart failure, and their family and professional carers. A sub set of patient, family and professional carer interview transcripts was selected for thematic analysis. The sample was chosen to reflect a range of age, gender and social situations.

Results: Eighteen transcripts from five cases were examined. Three key themes were identified: 1) social isolation; 2) psychological issues and coping strategies; and 3) existential concerns.

Conclusions: Psychosocial and existential issues are important aspects of the lives of patients suffering from heart failure. Holistic management should encompass an awareness of exploration and support for these dimensions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-167
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean journal of cardiovascular nursing
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2014

Keywords

  • Heart failure
  • existential
  • psychological
  • social needs
  • qualitative research
  • palliative care
  • PROSPECTIVE QUALITATIVE INTERVIEW
  • LUNG-CANCER
  • PALLIATIVE CARE
  • UNDERSTAND PATIENTS
  • NEEDS
  • LIFE
  • END
  • EXPERIENCES
  • COMMUNITY
  • PATTERNS

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