The psychological experiences of adult heart transplant recipients: a systematic review and meta-summary of qualitative findings

Conway, Aaron, Schadewaldt, Verena, Clark, Robyn, Ski, Chantal, Thompson, David R. and Doering, Lynn (2013) The psychological experiences of adult heart transplant recipients: a systematic review and meta-summary of qualitative findings. Heart and Lung, 42 6: 449-455. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2013.08.003

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Author Conway, Aaron
Schadewaldt, Verena
Clark, Robyn
Ski, Chantal
Thompson, David R.
Doering, Lynn
Title The psychological experiences of adult heart transplant recipients: a systematic review and meta-summary of qualitative findings
Journal name Heart and Lung   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1527-3288
0147-9563
Publication date 2013-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.hrtlng.2013.08.003
Volume 42
Issue 6
Start page 449
End page 455
Total pages 7
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Mosby
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background Psychosocial factors and physical health are associated with increased psychological distress post-heart transplant. Integrating findings from qualitative studies could highlight mechanisms for how these factors contribute to psychological well-being, thus aiding the development of interventions.

Objective To integrate qualitative findings regarding adult heart transplant recipients experiences, such as their emotions, perceptions and attitudes.

Methods A systematic review and meta-summary were conducted. Data from seven studies were categorized into 16 abstracted findings.

Results The most prominent finding across the studies related to recipients' perceptions of the importance of social support. Other prominent findings related to factors that promoted psychological well-being, such as faith, optimism and sense of control.

Conclusions Psychological well-being may be improved by enhancing perceived control over health and daily life, promoting an optimistic outlook by facilitating access to social support from other heart transplant recipients and ensuring post-transplant recipient–caregiver partnerships adequately support the transition back to independence.
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Institutional Status UQ

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