Award Date

1-1-2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Department

Nursing

First Committee Member

Cheryl Bowles

Number of Pages

156

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Failure; Heart; Impact; Lives Women

Controlled Subject

Nursing; Women's studies; Clinical psychology

File Format

pdf

File Size

2908.16 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/857h-10xu


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