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A Qualitative Evaluation of a Family Nursing Intervention

DUHAMEL, FABIE PhD, RN; DUPUIS, FRANCE MSc, RN; REIDY, MARY PhD, RN; NADON, NATHALIE MSc, IPSC

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Congestive heart failure is a major source of anxiety for both patients and their family. This article presents the results of a qualitative case study aimed at evaluating family nursing interventions from the perspective of the family members and a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). A CNS applied a family nursing intervention program with 4 couples. Data were obtained through semistructured interviews preintervention and postintervention for the couples and postintervention for the CNS. The transcripts of the interviews were submitted for content analysis. For the couples, results show both spouses subject to a high level of suffering, which can be alleviated through a family nursing meeting that allows them to obtain a better understanding of each other's experience. For the CNS, family interventions were considered a privilege since they helped relieve suffering and her own feelings of powerlessness. These results have the potential to improve family nursing interventions and enhance CNS practice.

From the Faculty of Nursing, Université de Montréal (Dr Duhamel, Ms Dupuis, and Dr Reidy); the Faculty of Education, Université du Québec à Montréal (Dr Reidy), Montreal, the Centre Hospitalier de l'Université de Montreal, Canada (Ms Nadon).

Corresponding author: Fabie Duhamel, PhD, RN, Faculty of Nursing, Université de Montréal, Canada (e-mail: fabie.duhamel@umontreal.ca).

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