Living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: The patients' experience.

@article{Humphreys2016LivingWA,
  title={Living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator: The patients' experience.},
  author={Nina K. Humphreys and Ron J. Lowe and J Y Rance and Paul David Bennett},
  journal={Heart & lung : the journal of critical care},
  year={2016},
  volume={45 1},
  pages={
          34-40
        }
}
OBJECTIVES To explore the lived experiences of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) recipients. BACKGROUND Previous research suggests ICD recipients experience significant psychological distress with a focus on shock anxiety. In response, avoidant behaviors are often used which can lead to reduced quality of life, cardiac fitness and increased risk of arrhythmia. METHODS A qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with a purposive sample of 18 recipients who had either… CONTINUE READING
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