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J Infus Nurs. 2017 Sep/Oct;40(5):287-296. doi: 10.1097/NAN.0000000000000238.

Understanding the Patient Experience of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter-Related Deep Vein Thrombosis Using Interpretive Phenomenology.

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Duke University Hospital, Durham, North Carolina. Britt M. Meyer, PhD, RN, CRNI®, VA-BC, NE-BC, is the nurse manager of the vascular access team at Duke University Hospital. Dr. Meyer also serves as the chair of the Duke University Health System vascular access council and is an adjunct faculty member at East Carolina University College of Nursing.


The purpose of this interpretive phenomenological study was to determine what it means to patients to live with a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)-related deep vein thrombosis and to describe the influence of the experience on the individual's quality of life. The sample included 11 adult patients from an acute care setting who developed a PICC-related symptomatic thrombus between November 2014 and March 2016, using purposive sampling. Three distinct themes emerged from the data in this study: a loss of trust in health care providers, additional burdens to existing problems, and a yearning for understanding.

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