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Feeling responsible but unsupported: How relatives of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors experience the transition from hospital to daily life - A focus group study.

Authors
  • Dichman, Camilla1
  • Wagner, Mette Kirstine1
  • Joshi, Vicky L2
  • Bernild, Camilla1
  • 1 Department of Cardiology, The Heart Centre, Copenhagen University Hospital Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark. , (Denmark)
  • 2 REHPA, The Danish Knowledge Centre for Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, Department of Clinical Research, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. , (Denmark)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Nursing open
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2021
Volume
8
Issue
5
Pages
2520–2527
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1002/nop2.779
PMID: 33638939
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

To generate knowledge about how relatives of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors experience the transition between hospital and daily life. The research question was "how do relatives of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors experience collaboration and communication with healthcare professionals, and what is emphasized as important in the transition from hospital to daily life". Qualitative design. Six semi-structured focus group interviews were conducted with 23 relatives of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors who participated in a residential rehabilitation course. Data was collected between November 2018 and March 2019. Transcripts were analysed using a phenomenological hermeneutic approach. The analysis generated three themes "a necessary presence," "communication with healthcare professionals on the cardiac ward" and "the abrupt disappearance of the system." Relatives of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors feel a great responsibility when coping and adjusting to their new life. In the transition to daily life, a focus on systematic involvement and collaboration with relatives should be an essential part of the post-cardiac arrest pathway. © 2021 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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