Patient experiences following cardiothoracic surgery: an interview study

Elsevier BV
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European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2005, 4 pp. 242 - 250
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Background: Numerous studies have investigated patient outcomes of cardiac surgery, including some examining health-related quality of life. While these studies have provided some insight into patients physical function, social abilities and perceived quality of life, studies examining the experiences of individuals recovering from cardiac surgery have received only limited investigation.Aims: This paper presents a thematic analysis of interviews conducted with patients recovering from cardiothoracic surgery, about their memories and experiences of hospital and recovery post-hospital discharge.
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