A Qualitative Exploration of the Impact of Destination Therapy on Patients and Their Families
Suellen Richardson, RN, MBA, DNP
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The purpose of this research was to explore the lived experiences of destination therapy (DT) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) patients and their families using a narrative method of inquiry. Previous research documented that patients and families identified God/religiosity, family support, and the realization of a second chance for life. Interviews with patients and families provided extensive and personal insight into the dynamics faced by these participants. The needs of the patient and family vary based on the pathway traveled; thus, the education and support mechanisms must be guided by the needs of the participants, not a pre-determined timeline. The journey is unique but the outcome is consistent: DT is a lifesaving technology, giving patients and family members gratitude for today and hope for the future.
|Type||DNP Capstone Project|
|Review Type||Peer-review: Single Blind|
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