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The experience of a broken heart.

Fernandes JR. Crit Care Nurs Clin North Am. 2005.


Infants who have congenital heart disease (CHD) are born with a "broken heart." Health care professionals are presented with the challenge of caring for the infant's physiologically defective heart as well as the emotional heart of the parents as they begin to accept this diagnosis. This study allowed parents to share this experience through phenomenology as an inquiry approach. These descriptions will assist in providing a more complete and deeper understanding of the parent's experience of CHD. Thus, all will know "the experience of a broken heart."


16344202 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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