Development of a Construct of Psychological Dependency in Patients with the Automatic Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator: A Quality of Life Issue
Cardiologists involved with implantation and continuous follow-up of patients implanted with the automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator (AICD) have begun to question how the patient interacts psychologically with the device. Research to date on the psychological complications of AICD implantation has been sparse. A retrospective, descriptive study was designed to structure and assess the numerous variables associated with AICD implantation and psychosocial outcome.
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