Men's experiences during the acute phase of their partners' myocardial infarction

M Svedlund, E Danielson, A Norberg
Nursing in Critical Care 1999, 4 (2): 74-80
The men's narratives about the women reveal a disturbance in the balance of their daily life, showing how they, the men, perceive powerlessness, and also how they passively adapted themselves to what happened. The narratives reveal that the women are 'ignoring and withholding' their feelings and that they want to be as 'responsible and independent' as they used to be. The women are disclosed as 'not wanting to face reality': there is an enervating lack of communication.

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