Improving the experience of patients living with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator

Michela Barisone, Luca Ghirotto, Mark Hayter, Alberto Dal Molin, Jeroen Hendriks, Catriona Jennings

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This Science for Patients issue describes the experience of patients who have an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) fitted and what they and their families and carers should expect from their health care professionals to improve this experience.

The researchers looked for studies published since 2005 that reported on patients’ stories and feelings about the experience of having an ICD and what they expect from their health care.1

The researchers included 24 studies all of which used a ‘qualitative’ research methodology.1 This means that they collected and analysed non-numerical data to understand the experiences and emotions of the patients included in the studies. This allowed an in-depth insight into the issues in question.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e21-e24
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2023


  • implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • patient experience


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