A comparison of anxiety levels between device shock and non-shock groups in implantable cardioverter defibrillator recipients

A comparison of anxiety levels between device shock and non-shock groups in implantable cardioverter defibrillator recipients

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) is a small device that is used to treat people with dangerously abnormal heart rhythms. An ICD can give the heart electric pulses or shocks to get the heart rhythm back to normal. The aim of the research is to assess the level of shock anxiety in a sample of ICD recipients, and to compare the differences between anxiety with patients who have experienced shocks from their ICD’s compared with patients who haven’t received shocks.  The completion of the online Florida Shock Anxiety Scale (FSAS) survey questionnaire will allow us to determine if ICD recipients who receive shocks from their ICD’s have higher anxiety levels compared to recipients who have not received shocks from their ICD’s.

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Funded by:

University of Sunderland

Location:

Online Survey

Recruitment Criterea:

The inclusion criteria: is that patients must be 18 and over, and they must have an ICD implanted. They are required to complete the survey which will take them approximately 5-10 mins

People who cannot take part:

  • People whose competence to exercise informed consent is in doubt such as infants & children under the years of 18.
  • People who suffer from psychiatric or personality disorders (e.g. schizophrenia), including those conditions in which capacity to consent may fluctuate.
  • People with disabilities & people who are frail or in poor health.
  • Inability to communicate in the English language.
  • Documented cognitive impairment that would deem a person unable to consent or who lack mental capacity (e.g. dementia).
  • People diagnosed with neurological disorders such as: Alzheimer’s, dementia, cerebrovascular diseases including stroke & Parkinson’s disease.

 

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Recruitment End Date:

23/03/2019