Returning to work: exploring the experiences of women with acute coronary syndromes

Parry, Amy, Worrall-Carter, Linda, Page, Karen, Kuhn, Lisa, DiGiacomo, Michelle and Davidson, Patricia 2007, Returning to work: exploring the experiences of women with acute coronary syndromes, British journal of cardiac nursing, vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 292-301.

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Title Returning to work: exploring the experiences of women with acute coronary syndromes
Author(s) Parry, Amy
Worrall-Carter, Linda
Page, Karen
Kuhn, LisaORCID iD for Kuhn, Lisa
DiGiacomo, Michelle
Davidson, Patricia
Journal name British journal of cardiac nursing
Volume number 2
Issue number 6
Start page 292
End page 301
Publisher MA Healthcare Limited
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 1749-6403
Keyword(s) Acute coronary syndrome
Cardiac rehabilitation
Naturalistic inquiry
Return to work
Summary Aims: The aim of this study was to explore the transition experiences of Australian women in resuming paid employment after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event. Background: Until recently cardiovascular research has focused predominantly on men but this is changing and research exploring women’s experiences of ACS has increased. Despite knowing that many women do not resume paid employment following an ACS event, little is known about the experience of those women who do, even though it is understood that returning to the previous level of employment after an ACS event is a positive outcome. Design: An exploratory qualitative approach underpinned by naturalistic inquiry was undertaken. Methods: A purposive sample of seven women who had experienced their first ACS event 12 months ago was selected. Each woman was interviewed using a semi–structured format and their interviews were transcribed verbatim. Thematic analysis of the transcript set and conceptual mapping were employed to formulate key themes. Findings: All women (mean age 52.6 years) resumed paid employment at various stages during their recovery, but reported similar transition processes. Three key themes representing this process were identified: primary motivation; influence through guidance and support; and resuming paid employment. Conclusions: Study findings revealed that these women required substantial support from family, friends and employers, with ongoing guidance from health professionals to return to paid work. The time frames for their return varied and some modified their roles within the workforce to enable them to return to paid work. However, formal cardiac rehabilitation did not appear to have a significant impact on these participants' decisions to return to work. They felt that more information about this decision may have been helpful if given at the time of cardiac rehabilitation.
Language eng
Field of Research 111004 Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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