Background: Heart disease is the largest national disease in Sweden and a large number of people suffer from myocardial infarction every year. When a person suffers a myocardial infarction it can lead to a strong emotional experience and often an acute crisis in which one's own health is the focus and concern for the future arises. The concept of recovery can be seen as a process of learning to live in a new way after a life-changing acute event or chronic disease. People need to learn to live with, accept the disease and try to find harmony and a new purpose in life.
Aim: The aim of the literature study was to elucidate patients' experiences of recovery after a myocardial infarction.
Method: The study is based on twelve scientific papers, selected on the basis of the aim of the literature study. The scientific articles were examined and analyzed and resulted in four themes: physical recovery – experiences and changes in daily life, emotional recovery- reactions and adaptation, social recovery- support from relatives and support from medical personnel.
Result: It was revealed that a major characteristic of the recovery was engagement, the ability to influence their own health and to regain lost control in order to be able to return to normal life. It also showed that patients experienced discrepancies in the information given by medical personnel.
Conclusion: It was revealed that information is an important part of the patient's recovery process. The authors believe the information should be given repeatedly and over a longer time.
|Date of Award||2011-Sep-22|
|Supervisor||Lena Wierup (Supervisor) & Pernilla Ny (Examiner)|
- Study Programme in Nursing
- 15 HE credits
Swedish Standard Keywords
- Nursing (30305)