Efficiency of training programs on quality of physical life in implantable cardioverter defibrillator patients

Sima Babaee, Leila Akbari, Mohammad Reza Samiee Nasab, Mohsen Rafieian


BACKGROUND: Implantable defibrillator is one of the methods used in curing arrhythmias and preventing sudden cardiac death. Despite rescuing patients, applying this device can cause mentionable effects including increase the patient's anxiety and fear to do normal physical activities again. In spite of these problems, there isn't enough intervention in accommodating the patient with the device. This study focuses on determining effects of training program on quality of physical life in patients with ICD.

METHODS: This study is a semi- experimental study (before and after). About 45 patients with ICD were examined. The collecting data tools were Fran's and Power's quality of life questionnaire and interviewing method. For analyzing data the SPSS software, independent t and t- test were used.

RESULTS: Assessing the data gave us an average score for life's quality in two importance and satisfaction dimensions before and after training programs. Even t-test (p < 0.001) shows meaningful differences between the average score of quality of life before and after training courses.

CONCLUSION: Considering the efficiency of these programs on patient's quality of life, it is recommended that these programs become a part of nursing process and be continued.

KEY WORDS: Training program, implantable defibrillator, quality of life

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