The experiences of female spouses of survivors of acute myocardial infarction: a pilot study of Lebanese-born women in south-western Sydney, Australia

Authors

  • John Daly BA BHSc MEd(Hons) PhD RN FRCNA,

    1. Professor & Head, Division of Nursing, Director of Research, Faculty of Health, University of Western Sydney Macarthur, Australia,
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  • Debra Jackson BHSc(Nsg) MN RN,

    1. Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Division of Nursing, Faculty of Health, University of Western Sydney Macarthur, Australia,
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  • Patricia M. Davidson BA MEd RN CCRN,

    1. Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing, Division of Nursing, University of Western Sydney Macarthur and Clinical Nurse Consultant (Cardiology), St George Hospital, South-Eastern Sydney Area Health Service, Australia,
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  • Vicki Wade BN RN CCRN,

    1. Clinical Nurse Consultant (Cardiology), Bankstown-Lidcombe Health Service and Conjoint Lecturer in Nursing, Division of Nursing, Faculty of Health, University of Western Sydney Macarthur,, Australia,
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  • Christine Chin DipN BHSc MEd RN,

    1. Research Assistant, Division of Nursing, Faculty of Health, University of Western Sydney Macarthur, Australia,
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  • Vicki Brimelow RN BA GradDipNsg(Ed)

    1. Registered Nurse, Renal Unit, Liverpool Hospital, South-Western Sydney Area Health Service, Sydney, Australia
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JohnDaly Division of Nursing/Faculty of Health, University of Western Sydney Macarthur, PO Box 555, Campbelltown, NSW 2560, Australia.

Abstract

The experiences of female spouses of survivors of acute myocardial infarction: a pilot study of Lebanese-born women in south-western Sydney, Australia¶ Lebanese migrants form a significant proportion of the population in south-western Sydney (SWS), and in New South Wales, Australia. This pilot study was undertaken in south-western Sydney, a rapidly expanding and socio-economically disadvantaged region, to explore the experiences of English speaking women of Lebanese origin whose spouses had recently experienced an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven Lebanese-born women at 2- and 4-week intervals, following the discharge of their husbands from hospital. Qualitative analysis of narrative text revealed four distinct themes. These were: struggle to resolve distress; intensive monitoring of the AMI survivor; searching for avenues of support; and reflecting on the future. Study findings are discussed in relation to the literature. Implications for nursing practice and research are drawn from study findings.

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