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Long-term quality of life and uncertainty in patients living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator.
Författare och institution:
Inger Flemme (-); Nils Edvardsson (Hjärt-kärlinstitutionen); Hansi Hinic (-); Britt-Marie Jinhage (-); Margareta Dalman (-); Bengt Fridlund (-)
Heart & lung : the journal of critical care, 34 ( 6 ) s. 386-92
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
PURPOSE: This study describes the quality of life (QOL) and uncertainty in patients who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and predicts QOL at long-term follow-up. METHODS: Long-term follow-up was defined as 6.9 years +/- 1 year (range 4.11-8.7 years). QOL was measured with the Quality of Life Index, and uncertainty was measured with the Mishel Uncertainty in Illness Scale. RESULTS: The overall QOL and health/functioning were unchanged over time. QOL in the socioeconomic (P = .002) and psychologic/spiritual domains (P = .012) decreased in the first year. From baseline to long-term follow-up, the QOL in the family domain (P = .011) and uncertainty (P = .002) decreased. Uncertainty was a predictor of low QOL. CONCLUSION: QOL was reasonably good 6.9 years post-ICD implantation. Patients felt less uncertain once they had passed the first year of their illness.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
MEDICIN OCH HÄLSOVETENSKAP
Arrhythmias, Cardiac, psychology, therapy, Defibrillators, Implantable, psychology, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Prospective Studies, Quality of Life, Questionnaires, Time Factors, Uncertainty