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Revista Gaúcha de Enfermagem

On-line version ISSN 1983-1447

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GARCIA, Raquel Pötter et al. Family experiences post-acute myocardial infarction. Rev. Gaúcha Enferm. [online]. 2013, vol.34, n.3, pp.171-178. ISSN 1983-1447.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1983-14472013000300022.

This study aimed to describe the family experiences post-infarction. Qualitative, descriptive and exploratory research, carried out with six families of post-infarction patients. Data collection was conducted in families' homes, in the period of February to May of 2012, through observation and interviews with the family. The software Atlas Ti 6.2 was used to code the interviews and the data were explored with thematic analysis. Two categories emerged "Difficult times": immediate consequence of acute myocardial infarction for the families; and "We reeducate ourselves - we can adapt ourselves": current experience of families. The immediate post-infarction experience is permeated by several feelings, with the need for families to adapt to fit into the needs. The current experience shows changes in families due to the disease. The family is the main responsible for the care giving, although Nursing should exchange and share knowledge.

Keywords : Nursing; Family; Family health; Myocardial infarction; Chronic disease.

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