If you are interested in a model for designing approaches in practice that are evidence-based, this is the article for you! The article is titled Development and Testing of an Intervention to Improve Outcomes for Partners Following Receipt of an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator in the Patient” and is authored by Cynthia M. Dougherty, PhD, FAHA, FAAN, ARNP; Elaine A. Thompson, PhD, RN; and Peter J. Kudenchuk, MD, FACC, FAHA. Go to the ANS web site while this article is featured, and you can download a copy of the article free of charge!
This “Editor’s Pick” article describes how the authors used the results of three research studies to design and test a “patient and partner” nursing intervention for patients in the time after they return home from receiving an implantable cardioverter defibrillator. Dr. Dougherty has shared this photograph of the team that worked on this project, and a brief description description of their work:
P+P Research Team, University of Washington, School of Nursing, 2012
Back Row: Dr. Elaine Thompson (Author), Lisa Foley, Susanne Steffes, Chayna Davis, Lisa Hales, Mary Strasser.
Front Row: Pagna Prom, Seieun Oh, Caylene Castagno, Dr. Cynthia Dougherty (Author).
Since 1990, Dr. Dougherty has been working with patients who suffer cardiac arrest and receive an ICD and their families. This research program spans numerous iterations in the technological development of the implantable defibrillator (ICD) as well ever changing patient populations who are eligible to receive the ICD. The paper outlines a series of investigations that have lead to the formal testing of the patient and partner (P+P) intervention after ICD study, currently funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH.