Emotions while waiting for a lung transplantation

Emotions while awaiting lung transplantation: A comprehensive qualitative analysis Health

From Health Psychology Open

In long-lasting or chronic illnesses, emotions – particularly negative ones – have been described in relation to adaptive strategies to preserve a sense of normality. Among solid organ transplantation, lung patients are often referred to as the population being more at risk of negative emotional experiences, and recognized to be especially vulnerable to depressive states; while waiting for a transplant, they have a greater risk of negative physical outcome and of death. Interviews were performed with patients and findings suggest they develop different strategies to maintain positive identity and attitude, while preserving significant others from extra emotional load. The objective of the analysis presented here was to provide a comprehensive description of the patients’ emotions across the entire spectrum of positive, neutral and negative emotions associated with waiting for a lung transplantation.

Abstract

Patients awaiting lung transplantation are at risk of negative emotional and physical experiences. How do they talk about emotions? Semi-structured interviews were performed (15 patients). Categorical analysis focusing on emotion-related descriptions was organized into positive negative neutral descriptions: for primary and secondary emotions, evaluation processes, coping strategies, personal characteristics, emotion descriptions associated with physical states, (and) contexts were listed. Patients develop different strategies to maintain positive identity and attitude, while preserving significant others from extra emotional load. Results are discussed within various theoretical and research backgrounds, in emphasizing their importance in the definition of emotional support starting from the patients perspective.

 

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Article details
Report of empirical study: Aurelia Brügger,
John-David Aubert, and Chantal Piot-Ziegler
Emotions while awaiting lung transplantation: A comprehensive qualitative analysis Health Psychology Open July-December 2014 1: 2055102914561272, first published on December 11, 2014 doi:10.1177/2055102914561272

 

 

 

     
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