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Heart Lung. 2009 Jul-Aug;38(4):292-7. doi: 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2008.10.006. Epub 2009 Jan 21.

Dyadic benefit finding after myocardial infarction: a qualitative investigation.

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Medical School, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to explore the process of dyadic benefit finding after myocardial infarction.

METHODS:

For the purposes of the study, a qualitative methodology using intepretative phenomenologic analysis was used. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 11 couples. Patients were predominantly male, aged between 50 and 70 years, and partners were aged between 45 and 64 years. All couples were married.

RESULTS:

In terms of the patients, the following themes emerged: a catalyst for change/wake-up call; change of life philosophy; being protected/being invincible; humanistic attitudes. With regard to the spouses, the following themes emerged: active search for benefit/failure to find benefit and improvement of relationship.

CONCLUSION:

The study revealed no compatibility in the process of benefit finding between patients and spouses. Clinical implications for cardiac rehabilitation interventions are discussed.

PMID:
19577700
DOI:
10.1016/j.hrtlng.2008.10.006
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