Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are an effective medical treatment to reduce mortality rates in patients who are at risk of sudden cardiac death. However, ICDs have been shown to reduce the patient's mental and physical health-related quality of life. It is essential for nurses to have an understanding of the factors associated with health-related quality of life in patients with ICDs, to develop appropriate strategies to improve patient care and optimise quality of life. A case study is included in this article to enhance understanding of the effects these devices can have on a patient's health-related quality of life.
Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10543Correspondence
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Received: 27 April 2016
Accepted: 18 August 2016
Published online: 24 February 2017
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