Older women`s experiences with sternotomy

Allen, Kerrie and Wellard, Sally 2001, Older women`s experiences with sternotomy, International journal of nursing practice, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 274-279, doi: 10.1046/j.1440-172x.2001.00282.x.

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Title Older women`s experiences with sternotomy
Author(s) Allen, Kerrie
Wellard, Sally
Journal name International journal of nursing practice
Volume number 7
Issue number 4
Start page 274
End page 279
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 1322-7114
Keyword(s) Cardiac surgery
Heideggerian hermeneutics
Summary While incision and subsequent scarring is a feature of all surgery, in cardiac surgery the sternotomy incision is significant and central to the body, separating the chest in half between the breasts. Increasingly older women count for a larger proportion of patients undergoing cardiac surgery each year in Australia yet there has been limited exploration of their experiences with sternotomy. A phenomenological approach was used to elicit the experiences of older women who had undergone cardiac surgery. In-depth interviews with four older women revealed a range of ways in which these women were affected by their sternotomy and their whole experience of cardiac surgery. Findings from this project provide insight into practical issues affecting these women and may assist nurses in the assessment and planning of care and education for older women having cardiac surgery, particularly in the areas of preparation for cardiac surgery and body image.
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-172x.2001.00282.x
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001225

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