Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
First Committee Member
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Research has shown women are affected by heart failure differently than men, having different risk factors for heart failure (HF), a higher increase in mortality per decade, and longer survival after diagnosis. Women have also been greatly under-represented in studies of HF. A search of the literature revealed only one (Swedish) study examining the overall impact of HF on women's conception of their own lives; This phenomenological study examined the changes in the lives since diagnosis of five women with Stage II HF. Four one-hour, semi-structured interviews were held with each. Colaizzi's steps were used to assess the verbatim transcripts of the interviews, drawing meanings from the participants' words. Four themes emerged: Acknowledging Losses in Their Lives, Accepting the Losses, Changing Their Lives, and Deepening Relationships.
Failure; Heart; Impact; Lives Women
Nursing; Women's studies; Clinical psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Rhodes, Diane L, "Heart failure: Its impact on women's lives" (2001). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1340.