Standing alone when life takes an unexpected turn: being a midlife next of kin of a relative who has suffered a myocardial infarction

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Standing alone when life takes an unexpected turn: being a midlife next of kin of a relative who has suffered a myocardial infarction
Author(s) Andersson, Ewa K ; Borglin, Gunilla ; Sjöström-Strand, Annika ; Willman, Ania
Date 2013
English abstract
Background Suffering a myocardial infarction (MI) is a life-threatening event that impacts not only on the individual concerned but also on the next of kin. However, there seems to be a paucity of naturalistic inquiries that focus specifically on midlife next of kin and their experience of being close to a relative who has suffered an MI. This study aims to elucidate the experience of being a midlife next of kin of a relative who has suffered a myocardial infarction. Method Nine women and four men in midlife participated in the focused interviews, which were conducted and analysed during 2010/2011 using Lindseths and Norbergs' description of the phenomenological hermeneutical method. Findings Four themes – Solely responsible, Lurking unease, Left out of the picture and Life on hold – formed the basis of the core theme Standing alone when life takes an unexpected turn. The core theme was interpreted as a central phenomenon encompassing the experience of being solely responsible for the well-being of their relative and the family, thus putting their own life on hold. The core theme also reflected the next of kin's experience of being left out of the picture when it came to the relative's care before and after the MI. Conclusion The next of kin's negative feelings of standing alone were further intensified by their experience of being left out of the picture by the healthcare professionals concerning their relative's care. As a cardiac nurse, it would seem essential to have knowledge about the experiences of next of kin in connection with a relative's MI event. Such knowledge can facilitate the planning and organisation of nursing care and at the same time address the next of kin's role in the recovery and rehabilitation process.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-6712.2012.01094.x (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Wiley
Host/Issue Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences;4
Volume 27
ISSN 1471-6712
Pages 864-871
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) experience
intervention
next of kin
nursing
phenomenological hermeneutics
qualitative research
Medicine
Research Subject Categories::MEDICINE
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/16535 (link to this page)

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