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Exploring the lives of those living rurally with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator

Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) are recognised as an effective treatment for those at high risk of sudden cardiac death and are now considered standard care for reducing mortality in a wide range of patients with significant heart disease. While there are clear clinical benefits for the use of ICDs, their insertion is associated with adverse physical, psychological and social consequences.

The research explored the experiences of recipients of ICDs and their partners, living in rural Southland, and whether understanding their experiences could inform best practice for people living rurally with ICDs.

Analysis of face-to-face interviews with participants (n=23) revealed a number of themes highlighting issues relevant to recipients’ experiences of health services before, during and following ICD implantation, in the context of rurality.

The experiences of partners, whānau and carers were also emphasised, especially where their care of recipients was mediated by provision of information and support services available through health services, whether these were located locally or at some distance.

Advanced care planning and the need for on-going patient/partner-centred support groups emerged as issues requiring future development and further research.

Date Thursday, 18 January 2018
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentGeneral Practice and Rural Health (DSM)
LocationRoom 153, Dept of General Practice & Rural Health, 55 Hanover Street, Dunedin

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