Luke A. Mueller

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BACKGROUND State governments provide preprinted advance directive forms to the general public. However, many adults in the United States (US) lack the skills necessary to read and comprehend health care-related materials. In this study, we sought to determine the readability of state government-sponsored advance directive forms. METHODS A cross sectional(More)
This study aims to identify nurses’ concerns about the clinical, ethical, and legal aspects of deactivating cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs). We used focus groups to discuss decision making in CIED management. Fourteen nurses described the informed consent process as overly focused on procedures, with inadequate coverage of living with(More)
BACKGROUND Patients undergo major physical and psychological changes after implantation of a left ventricular assist device as destination therapy (DT). We sought to qualitatively study outcomes and attitudes of patients after DT. METHODS AND RESULTS Ambulatory outpatients with DT at our institution were invited to be interviewed between June and August(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the experiences of patients living with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) who had received remote monitoring (RM). BACKGROUND Anecdotal evidence suggests that not all patients with RM use the technology. METHODS Focus groups of patients with an ICD who received an RM system. Transcripts reviewed using thematic(More)
OBJECTIVE To learn the perspectives of patients with cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) who received device-related advisories. BACKGROUND CIEDs are placed under advisory because of potential malfunctions. METHODS Qualitative methods were used. Focus groups were conducted of 10 patients who had CIEDs under advisory. Audio recordings(More)
BACKGROUND In 2006, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) recommended that cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) manufacturers use advisory notification letters to communicate with affected patients. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the readability of the HRS sample "patient device advisory notification" letter and those created by 1 CIED manufacturer. (More)
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