Psychosocial issues facilitating recovery post-CABG surgery

Theobald, Karen, Worrall-Carter, Linda and McMurray, Anne 2005, Psychosocial issues facilitating recovery post-CABG surgery, Australian critical care, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 76-85.

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Title Psychosocial issues facilitating recovery post-CABG surgery
Author(s) Theobald, Karen
Worrall-Carter, Linda
McMurray, Anne
Journal name Australian critical care
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 76
End page 85
Publisher Australian College of Critical Care Nurses
Place of publication North Strathfield, N.S.W.
Publication date 2005-04
ISSN 1036-7314
Keyword(s) coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
discharge planning
psychosocial issues
qualitative research
naturalistic inquiry
Summary Background
The acute illness phase following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is a difficult time for patients as they try to adjust to the physical and emotional changes brought about by surgery.
To conduct an indepth examination of psychosocial issues experienced by patients post-CABG surgery and how patients manage these psychosocial issues during their recovery.
A qualitative research approach, naturalistic inquiry, guided the study. Thirty patients were interviewed 4–5 weeks following discharge from hospital after CABG surgery and at 12 months after the initial interview.
esults found that adjusting to life after surgery was difficult, and patients experienced some form of physical pain or change. An unexpected finding was the extent to which many of the patients were attuned to their post-operative physical adjustments. Patients spoke of mental and emotional changes, and coming to terms with lifestyle adjustments.
Study findings suggest the need for a re-examination of hospital discharge preparation and further provision and monitoring of home support services.
Notes Available online 29 December 2006.
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier B.V.
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