Title

The Experience of Stress for Open Heart Surgery Patients and Their Caregivers

Department

Nursing

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2010

Abstract

The purpose of this research was to understand the modern experience of stress among adult coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) patients who are hospitalized less than 10 days and among their significant caregivers. The naming of stressors and the nature and triggers for the stress response that either contributed to or ameliorated stress were examined. A qualitative research method using hermeneutic phenomenology was used to interpret and understand the experience of stress. The stressors identified by both patient and family participants in this study were shock and disbelief leading to a feeling of being overwhelmed. Among patients, mortality was foremost. Among family caregivers, anger was expressed. The importance of providing information, honesty, and trust were pivotal to alleviating stress. A more thorough knowledge of history and complementary therapies are needed to reduce stress.

Journal

Western Journal of Nursing Research

Journal ISSN

0193-9459

Volume

32

Issue

6

First Page

794

Last Page

813

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1177/0193945910361469