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J Am Acad Nurse Pract. 1999 Sep;11(9):397-402.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm: diagnosis, treatment, and implications for advanced practice nursing.


The nurse practitioner needs to acknowledge that not all patients are insightful. The patient who is naive, stoical, or in denial may not return to his previous level of health. Behavioral or environmental changes may be a necessary part of recovery. The advanced practice nurse, through her research and subsequent knowledge, can identify and implement holistic changes necessary for the maintenance of health and the development of appropriate health-seeking behaviors that lower the morbidity and mortality for such conditions as abdominal aortic aneurysms. Nurse practitioners play a vital role in research, prevention and early detection of major threats to wellness (Lawler and Schmidt, 1992). Gender-sensitive research regarding factors affecting recovery are also necessary as females respond differently to such conditions as renal failure (Carlson and Eisenstat, 1995).

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