Changes in Daily Life of Iranian Patients with implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator: A Qualitative Study

Document Type: Original article


1 Community Based Psychiatric Care Research Center, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Cardiovascular Research Center, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Department of Critical Care and Geriatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Background: Although Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) saves the life of patients with life-threatening ventricular dysrhythmias, it causes various challenges in their life span. Considering the increase in the number of ICD users, more knowledge is required regarding changes in the patients’ life after device implantation. The aim of this study was description of changes in daily life of patients after ICD implantationMethods: This qualitative study was conducted through content analysis method. The participants were selected through purposive sampling. They included 3 women and 9 men whose ages ranged from 24 to 74 years, with the mean age of 42.58+1.55 years. They had implanted ICDs in order to treat life-threatening dysrhythmias. The study data were collected through interview and field notes from November 2013 to October 2014. The data were simultaneously analyzed using constant comparative analysis.Results: Through analysis of the study data, 2 categories were emerged representing dimensions of changes in daily life of the patients with ICD. These categories were changes in the social role and familial challenges after implantation. Change in social role included the following subcategories: “Change in manifestation of routines”, “Shift in leisure time”, “Change in job and education status”, and “Change in interaction between the patient and society members”. In addition, familial challenges after implantation consisted of 2 subcategories, namely “Difficulty in marriage” and “ICD implantation and a range of familial changes”.Conclusion: The study findings can be of great importance in nurses’ clinical practice for providing the patients with holistic care, education, support, and follow-up. They can also be used as a guide assisting clinical treatment of the patients with ICD.