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Self-care limitations of persons after acute myocardial infarction.

Authors
  • Beach, E K
  • Smith, A
  • Luthringer, L
  • Utz, S K
  • Ahrens, S
  • Whitmire, V
Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied Nursing Research
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Feb 01, 1996
Volume
9
Issue
1
Pages
24–28
Identifiers
PMID: 8633891
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In this descriptive study, the self-care limitations of persons who had experienced their first myocardial infarction were identified during the first 3 months of their convalescent period. The five most frequently occurring limitations identified were patterns of personal and family living that interfere with self-care; intense emotional states, likes or dislikes, overriding interest and concerns; perceptions, meanings, and appraisals not in accord in reality; inability to attend to self with respect to changing conditions; and new, unrecognized requirements for self-care associated with changed health. Assessment of limitation is a framework that nurses might use to evaluate the needs of post myocardial infarction patients.

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