Patients’ perceived health and anxiety pre and post implantable cardioverter defibrillator insertion
2010 (English)In: Vård i Norden, ISSN 0107-4083, Vol. 30, no 1, 43-44 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Previous research has shown that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICD) can improve patient’s quality of life and life-satisfaction.
Aim: This small-scale study aimed to compare patients’ self-assessed health and anxiety before and one month after ICD insertion and measure whether or not ICD patients suffer from depression.
Methods: Eighteen consecutive participants assessed health, anxiety and depression at two occasions: (i) the day of ICD implantation; and (ii) one month post ICD insertion. Health was assessed by EuroQol visual analogue scale (EQ VAS) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) was used to assess depression and anxiety.
Results: The results showed a statistically significant increase in post ICD insertion values of health and decrease in values of anxiety compared to pre ICD insertion values. No difference was found regarding depression.
Conclusion: The findings indicate that patients’ perceived health increase and anxiety decrease after an ICD insertion. However, more and larger studies are needed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 30, no 1, 43-44 p.
implantable cardioverter defibrillator; health; anxiety; depression; nursing
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-40886OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-40886DiVA: diva2:403414