|Domain and theme||Frequency||Illustrative Quotation|
|Emotional impact of ICD|
|Sense of gratitude, safety and reassurance||42||
‘Massive impact – grateful’.|
‘Knowing I have my ICD has given me peace of mind to know I have a life saving device as my guardian angel’.
‘Without doubt it has removed the fear of a fatal heart incident’
|Increased anxiety and sense of vulnerability||15||
‘The reality of having a heart condition is difficult enough, the thought of the ICD shocking me!’|
‘It has increased my consciousness of my vulnerability’.
|Adjustment over time||10||
‘At first you notice the weight but now I forgot it is even there’.|
‘While after fitting feeling of resenting ICD for a week or two’.
|Functional and Role Changes|
|Self-identity and role changes||5||
‘Losing my core role, reduction in income and quality of life. Loss of control over my working life’.|
‘I feel it has taken part of my freedom away’.
|Improved functioning and quality of life||18||
‘I have improved health and well-being, less breathlessness, less tired, increased energy’.|
‘It has improved my general wellbeing’.
‘Improved my stamina. I get tired but not exhausted anymore.’
‘The size of it- BIG. It is still sore and uncomfortable. Restricts my movements and I keep ‘tweaking’ it when I move my arm in certain ways’.|
‘My sleep is poor due to discomfort of the ICD’
‘Restriction with enjoying certain activities, i.e. grand-children. Reduces your activity level’.|
‘No football, no cricket’.
‘Airports, can’t go through scanning machines, extra time needed to go through.’
‘Hasn’t impacted on my life, got on with life’.|
‘I don’t really notice it much (forget it’s in)’
‘I feel no difference.’