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Implantable cardioverter defibrillators: developing evidence-based care.

Tagney, Jenny


Jenny Tagney


BACKGROUND: In the UK, access to psychological support for people with implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) is arbitrary, despite the fact that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recognises that the provision of adequate support can positively affect recovery. The author evaluates the available literature. CONCLUSION: This review identifies that, although a lot of information is available about the effects of ICD technology on patients, there have been few systematic evaluations of care interventions that aid adjustment to living with an ICD. Equally, it has not yet been established whether nurses are equipped to effectively assess and meet the complex care needs of this patient population. The development and evaluation of national standards of care, in association with ICD patients and their families, is recommended.


Tagney, J. (2003). Implantable cardioverter defibrillators: developing evidence-based care. Nursing Standard, 17(16), 33-36.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Jan 1, 2003
Journal Nursing standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain) : 1987)
Print ISSN 0029-6570
Publisher RCN Publishing
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 16
Pages 33-36
Keywords implantable cardioverter defibrillators, ICDs
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