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Randomised controlled trial
Psycho-educational programmes led by experienced nurses may improve the coping abilities of implantable cardioverter defibrillator recipients
  1. Ingvild Margreta Morken1,2,
  2. Alf Inge Larsen1,3
  1. 1Department of Cardiology, Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway
  2. 2Department of Health Studies, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway
  3. 3Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Stavanger, Norway
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Ingvild Margreta Morken, Cardiology Department, Stavanger University Hospital, Armauer Hansens vei 20, P.O. Box 8100, Stavanger 4068, Norway; moin{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • A structured psycho-educational programme led by experienced nurses in the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) outpatient clinic combined with an exercise training programme, may improve the coping abilities of ICD recipients.

  • The findings from this study may serve as the basis for future mixed methods outcome research aimed at providing contributions of the dynamics and effects of a complex rehabilitation intervention programme.


Interventions that enhance information and skills for living with an ICD, combined with an exercise training programme, seem to produce the most robust mental and physical improvements after ICD implantation.1 ,2 In the current study by Berg and colleagues, a mix methods approach provides additional insight into the effect of such programmes, …

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