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Emotional experiences of caregivers of patients with a ventricular assist device.

Authors
  • Kaan, Annemarie
  • Young, Quincy-Robyn
  • Cockell, Sarah
  • Mackay, Martha
Type
Published Article
Journal
Progress in transplantation (Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
Publication Date
Jun 01, 2010
Volume
20
Issue
2
Pages
142–147
Identifiers
PMID: 20642172
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Caregivers of patients discharged home with a ventricular assist device experienced significant pressures that changed over the duration of support with the ventricular assist device. Caregivers described their coping mechanisms in dealing with shock, loss, and burden. Understanding the fluctuating needs of caregivers will enable teams to provide interventions based on the situation. Future care guidelines should address the significant stresses placed on caregivers of recipients of a ventricular assist device.

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