The experiences of female spouses of survivors of acute myocardial infarction: A pilot study of Lebanese-born women in south-western Sydney, Australia

John Daly, Debra Jackson, Patricia M. Davidson, Vicki Wade, Christine Chin, Vicki Brimelow

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Lebanese migrants form a significant proportion of the population in south-western Sydney (SWS), and in New South Wales, Australia. This pilot study was undertaken in south-western Sydney, a rapidly expanding and socioeconomically disadvantaged region, to explore the experiences of English speaking women of Lebanese origin whose spouses had recently experienced an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven Lebanese-born women at 2- and 4-week intervals, following the discharge of their husbands from hospital. Qualitative analysis of narrative text revealed four distinct themes. These were: struggle to resolve distress; intensive monitoring of the AMI survivor; searching for avenues of support; and reflecting on the future. Study findings are discussed in relation to the literature. Implications for nursing practice and research are drawn from study findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1199-1206
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1998


  • Acute myocardial infarction
  • Culture
  • Feminist research
  • Lebanese-born women
  • Multiculturalism
  • Nursing
  • Spouses
  • Women's health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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