Cardiac catheterisation and the promotion of positive self-coping and management

Cara Roberts-Collins, Catriona Anderson, Jackie MacCallum, Catherine Randle-Phillips, Andrew Medley

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Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a chronic condition, which is diagnosed and monitored using cardiac catheterisation (CATH). This procedure can be anxiety-provoking; however, most patients undergo CATH without any formal psychological support.

This study aimed to better understand the psychological impact of the CATH, positive coping and self-management skills, from patients' and professionals' perspectives.

Ten patients and ten staff members at a hospital in the South West of England were interviewed.

Thematic analysis resulted in complimentary patient and professional themes. These included: the importance of recognising individual differences, the patient–staff relationship, and the practical and emotional journey of the CATH. Findings suggest that factors which enhance a patient's understanding and sense of control were associated with positive coping.

Recommendations with important implications for increasing patient control and choice, and promoting positive coping for patients, were made to the service.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)342-351
JournalBritish Journal of Cardiac Nursing
Issue number7
Early online date10 Jul 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2017


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