On my own; experiences of recovery from acute coronary syndrome for women living alone

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dc.contributor.author Gallagher, Robyn en_US
dc.contributor.author Marshall, Andrea en_US
dc.contributor.author Fisher, Murray en_US
dc.contributor.author Elliott, Doug en_US
dc.contributor.editor en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-15T07:27:48Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-15T07:27:48Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_US
dc.identifier 2007005004 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Gallagher Robyn et al. 2008, 'On my own; experiences of recovery from acute coronary syndrome for women living alone', Mosby Inc, vol. 37, no. 6, pp. 417-424. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0147-9563 en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/12865
dc.description.abstract Objective Women who live alone are becoming an increasing proportion of our population, yet few studies have examined the experiences that these women have during recovery from an acute cardiac event. This study aims to describe women's experiences of recovering alone from acute coronary syndrome. Methods Women attending cardiac rehabilitation were interviewed 3 to 9 months after acute coronary syndrome using a life history approach to address their personal/social background, professional life, and work-related processes, and to acquire an in-depth narrative of their recovery from illness in relation to this background. The sample included 11 women aged from 44 to 82 years who lived alone. Results ?Being on my own? was the pervasive theme, with independence being both required and valued. One subtheme included the complexity of social support arrangements women needed for their recovery. This was particularly important because women felt vulnerable when they were alone, particularly if they had experienced a sudden cardiac event or recurrent symptoms. Recurrent cardiac symptoms were an important subtheme because of the pervasive influence on women's lives, including their ability to work and plan ahead. Finally, the work and financial issues subtheme was a central concern for women, first because work was an important source of income and enjoyment, and second because loss of work meant loss of income. For some women, this meant selling their home or moving to another house. Conclusion Women who live alone are an increasing proportion of patients with cardiac disease. Although they share many similar issues with other women and men who live alone, they seem to have unique concerns related to vulnerability, recurrent cardiac symptoms, social support, work, and finances. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Mosby Inc en_US
dc.relation.hasversion Accepted manuscript version en_US
dc.rights NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Heart & Lung: the journal of acute and critical care. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Heart & Lung: the journal of acute and critical care, [VOL 37, ISSUE 6 (2008)] DOI# 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2007.12.007 en_US
dc.title On my own; experiences of recovery from acute coronary syndrome for women living alone en_US
dc.parent Heart & Lung: the journal of acute and critical care en_US
dc.journal.volume 37 en_US
dc.journal.number 6 en_US
dc.publocation St Louis, USA en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 417 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 424 en_US
dc.cauo.name FOH.Faculty of Health en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
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dc.personcode 879925 en_US
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dc.personcode 998241 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Nursing en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom en_US
dc.date.activity en_US
dc.location.activity ISI:000260916700002 en_US
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