Chinese couples' expereinces during convalescence from a first heart attack: A focus group study

Wang, Wenru, Thompson, David, Chair, Sek Y. and Twinn, Sheila F. (2008) Chinese couples' expereinces during convalescence from a first heart attack: A focus group study. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61 3: 307-315. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04529.x


Author Wang, Wenru
Thompson, David
Chair, Sek Y.
Twinn, Sheila F.
Title Chinese couples' expereinces during convalescence from a first heart attack: A focus group study
Journal name Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0309-2402
1365-2648
Publication date 2008-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04529.x
Volume 61
Issue 3
Start page 307
End page 315
Total pages 9
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 920401 Behaviour and Health
920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
110299 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract Aim. This paper is a report of a study to explore Chinese patients' and partners' experiences during early convalescence from a first heart attack.

Background. There are important socio-cultural differences between Chinese and western populations and comparatively little is known about the experiences of Chinese patients and partners living with a first heart attack.

Method. A qualitative study using focus groups was conducted in 2005 with 17 Chinese patients and their partners during convalescence from a first heart attack. The interviews were tape-recorded and transcribed. Analysis was used to identify categories using established qualitative phenomenological techniques.

Findings. Content analysis of the data revealed five major categories: enduring uncertainty; coping with changes; experiencing emotional reactions; living with medications and needing professional help.

Conclusion. The experiences of Chinese patients and partners during early convalescence from a first heart attack are different from their western counterparts and are affected by cultural traditions. Findings from this study may provide useful pointers for health professionals to deliver culturally sensitive and appropriate support and education during early convalescence.
Keyword Chinese
Convalescence
Couples' experiences
Focus groups
Heart attack
Nursing
Patient education
Q-Index Code C1
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