The purpose of this research was to identify common adaptations family members make and to identify areas where additional nursing interventions or support might be helpful for families. A qualitative approach using descriptive case studies was applied to study the recipients and their families. The Roy Adaptation Model (RAM) was used as a framework to collect data and to analyze it. The RAM was used to analyze various stimuli and how the family and recipient made adaptations within the four conceptualized areas of the RAM model. Structured interviews were conducted to collect the data. The demographic data and structured interview data was processed with thematic analysis. Data was arranged into categories and then themes after reflection. Recommendations on adaptions families experience and how nursing could contribute to positive adaptations were discussed. Family Transplant Syndrome was identified as a name for common characteristics shared by all the family cases.
|Commitee:||Holoman, Grania, Nelson, Mary|
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|Department:||School of Advanced Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Nursing, Health education, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Adaptation, Cardiac transplant, Families, Family transpalnt syndrome|
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