On my own: experiences of recovery from acute coronary syndrome for women living alone.

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dc.contributor.author Gallagher, R
dc.contributor.author Marshall, AP
dc.contributor.author Fisher, MJ
dc.contributor.author Elliott, D
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-15T07:27:48Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Heart & lung : the journal of critical care, 2008, 37 (6), pp. 417 - 424
dc.identifier.issn 0147-9563
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/12865
dc.description.abstract OBJECTIVE: Women who live alone are becoming an increasing proportion of our population, yet few studies have examined the experiences that these women have during recovery from an acute cardiac event. This study aims to describe women's experiences of recovering alone from acute coronary syndrome. METHODS: Women attending cardiac rehabilitation were interviewed 3 to 9 months after acute coronary syndrome using a life history approach to address their personal/social background, professional life, and work-related processes, and to acquire an in-depth narrative of their recovery from illness in relation to this background. The sample included 11 women aged from 44 to 82 years who lived alone. RESULTS: "Being on my own" was the pervasive theme, with independence being both required and valued. One subtheme included the complexity of social support arrangements women needed for their recovery. This was particularly important because women felt vulnerable when they were alone, particularly if they had experienced a sudden cardiac event or recurrent symptoms. Recurrent cardiac symptoms were an important subtheme because of the pervasive influence on women's lives, including their ability to work and plan ahead. Finally, the work and financial issues subtheme was a central concern for women, first because work was an important source of income and enjoyment, and second because loss of work meant loss of income. For some women, this meant selling their home or moving to another house. CONCLUSION: Women who live alone are an increasing proportion of patients with cardiac disease. Although they share many similar issues with other women and men who live alone, they seem to have unique concerns related to vulnerability, recurrent cardiac symptoms, social support, work, and finances.
dc.format Print-Electronic
dc.language eng
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2007.12.007
dc.title On my own: experiences of recovery from acute coronary syndrome for women living alone.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent Heart & lung : the journal of critical care
dc.journal.volume 6
dc.journal.volume 37
dc.journal.number 6 en_US
dc.publocation St Louis, USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 417 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 424 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 1110 Nursing
dc.personcode 879925
dc.personcode 998241
dc.personcode 030630
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000260916700002 en_US
dc.description.keywords Humans
dc.description.keywords Sickness Impact Profile
dc.description.keywords Questionnaires
dc.description.keywords Sampling Studies
dc.description.keywords Stress, Psychological
dc.description.keywords Adult
dc.description.keywords Aged
dc.description.keywords Aged, 80 and over
dc.description.keywords Adaptation, Psychological
dc.description.keywords Acute Coronary Syndrome
dc.description.keywords Women's Health
dc.description.keywords Middle Aged
dc.description.keywords Quality of Life
dc.description.keywords Social Support
dc.description.keywords Risk Factors
dc.description.keywords Socioeconomic Factors
dc.description.keywords Family
dc.description.keywords Female
dc.description.keywords Life
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Health
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Health Services and Practice Research
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10
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