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Takotsubo syndrome: voices to be heard

Curragh, Caron and Rein, Melanie and Green, Gill (2019) 'Takotsubo syndrome: voices to be heard.' European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing. ISSN 1474-5151

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This paper is written from the perspective of patients who have been diagnosed with takotsubo syndrome. It seeks to understand why these patients may feel dissatisfied with the care they receive. We consider four factors: (a) takotsubo syndrome is a relatively new condition and the knowledge base about treatment is limited and not widely disseminated among clinicians; (b) the age and gender profile of the patient group; (c) the implications of the categorisation of takotsubo syndrome as ‘broken heart syndrome’ and the over-emphasis of it as a ‘psychosomatic’ condition; (d) concern that patients with takotsubo syndrome might be labelled as over-emotional, especially if they do not recover quickly. We argue that these factors contribute to patients with takotsubo syndrome feeling poorly served.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2019 13:08
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2019 14:15

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