Educational and psychological interventions to improve outcomes for recipients of implantable cardioverter defibrillators and their families: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

@article{Dunbar2012EducationalAP,
  title={Educational and psychological interventions to improve outcomes for recipients of implantable cardioverter defibrillators and their families: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association.},
  author={Sandra B. Dunbar and Cynthia M. Dougherty and Samuel F Sears and Diane L. Carroll and Nathan E. Goldstein and Daniel B. Mark and George M. McDaniel and Susan J. Pressler and Eleanor P Schron and Paul Z. Wang and Vicki L. Zeigler},
  journal={Circulation},
  year={2012},
  volume={126 17},
  pages={
          2146-72
        }
}
Significant mortality benefits have been documented in recipients of implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs); however, the psychosocial distress created by the underlying arrhythmia and its potential treatments in patients and family members may be underappreciated by clinical care teams. The disentanglement of cardiac disease and device-related concerns is difficult. The majority of ICD patients and families successfully adjust to the ICD, but optimal care pathways may require… CONTINUE READING
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