Exploring the Impact of Support Group Attendance on Patients with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Using a Social Support in Chronic Illness Framework

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163150
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Exploring the Impact of Support Group Attendance on Patients with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Using a Social Support in Chronic Illness Framework
Author(s):
Myers, Gina
Author Details:
Gina Myers, PhD, RN, CCRN, SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, New York, USA, email: gina.myers@sunyit.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: Sudden cardiac death can be forestalled with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The ICD delivers a shock to the heart if a lethal arrhythmia occurs, facilitating a normal rhythm. The ICD's chronic and unpredictable nature can cause psychosocial issues. Social support has the ability to ease patient concerns. Support groups are one way to provide social support, emotional support, and experiential knowledge. Presently, ICD support groups exist but are underutilized, with few studies assessing their impact. The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics of support group members and depict their beliefs on how it impacts their lives using a framework combining social support and chronic illness. Theoretical Framework: The theoretical framework guiding this research combined the Chronic Illness Trajectory Framework (Corbin & Strauss, 1988) and the Conceptual Model of the Relationship of Social Networks and Social Support to Health (Heaney & Israel, 1997). This framework depicts how long-term conditions cause patient concerns, which can be influenced by social support through support group participation. Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis): This data is part of a larger project studying anxiety and social support in ICD patients. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze data from seventy-three attendees from 10 different support groups. A demographic data sheet and support group questionnaire asked participants for background information and their beliefs about support groups. An open-ended question also asked how the support group impacted their lives. Results: Responses were coded and categorized, identifying three main themes. Information, emotional support and connecting with others emerged to be the most beneficial aspects. Conclusions and Implications: This study highlights the role of support groups in the life of the chronically ill ICD patient. It also illustrates the benefit of support groups in helping patients deal with their needs. Nurses can become more involved with providing support to patients through encouraging group participation or developing alternative resources.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2007
Conference Name:
19th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Description:
Conference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.
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dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleExploring the Impact of Support Group Attendance on Patients with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator Using a Social Support in Chronic Illness Frameworken_GB
dc.contributor.authorMyers, Ginaen_US
dc.author.detailsGina Myers, PhD, RN, CCRN, SUNY Institute of Technology, Utica, New York, USA, email: gina.myers@sunyit.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163150-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: Sudden cardiac death can be forestalled with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The ICD delivers a shock to the heart if a lethal arrhythmia occurs, facilitating a normal rhythm. The ICD's chronic and unpredictable nature can cause psychosocial issues. Social support has the ability to ease patient concerns. Support groups are one way to provide social support, emotional support, and experiential knowledge. Presently, ICD support groups exist but are underutilized, with few studies assessing their impact. The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics of support group members and depict their beliefs on how it impacts their lives using a framework combining social support and chronic illness. Theoretical Framework: The theoretical framework guiding this research combined the Chronic Illness Trajectory Framework (Corbin & Strauss, 1988) and the Conceptual Model of the Relationship of Social Networks and Social Support to Health (Heaney & Israel, 1997). This framework depicts how long-term conditions cause patient concerns, which can be influenced by social support through support group participation. Methods (Design, Sample, Setting, Measures, Analysis): This data is part of a larger project studying anxiety and social support in ICD patients. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze data from seventy-three attendees from 10 different support groups. A demographic data sheet and support group questionnaire asked participants for background information and their beliefs about support groups. An open-ended question also asked how the support group impacted their lives. Results: Responses were coded and categorized, identifying three main themes. Information, emotional support and connecting with others emerged to be the most beneficial aspects. Conclusions and Implications: This study highlights the role of support groups in the life of the chronically ill ICD patient. It also illustrates the benefit of support groups in helping patients deal with their needs. Nurses can become more involved with providing support to patients through encouraging group participation or developing alternative resources.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:02:14Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:02:14Z-
dc.conference.date2007en_US
dc.conference.name19th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationProvidence, Rhode Island, USAen_US
dc.descriptionConference theme: Building Communities of Scholarship and Research, held April 12-14, 2007 at The Westin Providence.en_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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