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Perceptions of illness, lifestyle and support after an acute myocardial infarction
Mittuniversitetet.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9014-060X
Mittuniversitetet.
Mittuniversitetet.
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 28, no 2, 289-296 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

After an acute myocardial infarction (AMI), people are encouraged to adopt a healthy lifestyle. But they are not always motivated to maintain the necessary lifestyle changes and need the right support to do it. In sparsely populated areas, people afflicted by an AMI have difficulty in finding standard rehabilitation programmes near their homes during the recovery, so they need alternative forms of support. The aim was to describe individual perceptions of their lifestyle and support, 1year after an AMI, with or without mentorship. This study has a qualitative, descriptive design with data collected in individual interviews. Twenty men and women were interviewed 1year after their first AMI, and 11 had been offered contact with mentors who had had an AMI. Content analysis was used to analyse the data. Those with and without mentors had similarities and tendencies to variation in their perceptions, with both a positive and negative view of life. The participants were aware of the necessity of living a healthy lifestyle but some resisted doing so. They wished to live as before, and all saw the future positively. Having a mentor with the same experience could be valuable for some people, but more research is needed to understand the lack of motivation to make beneficial lifestyle changes after a serious health event as AMI.

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2014. Vol. 28, no 2, 289-296 p.
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Rural areas, Lifestyle changes, Body limits, Recovery, Mentor, Qualitative research
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-5510DOI: 10.1111/scs.12058ISI: 000334503400010PubMedID: 23763508ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84898866468OAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-5510DiVA: diva2:1065559
Available from: 2014-06-04 Created: 2016-11-30 Last updated: 2017-03-21Bibliographically approved

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