alexa Facilitators and barriers to heart failure self-care.


Journal of Nursing & Care

Author(s): Riegel B, Carlson B

Abstract Share this page

Abstract Self-care of heart failure (HF) is difficult to master, but the reasons why remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to explore how HF influences patients' lives, assess how they perform self-care, and determine how their life situation facilitates or impedes HF self-care. Qualitative data were obtained from 26 individuals with chronic HF. Data were gathered using structured interviews and analyzed using content analysis. Physical limitations, debilitating symptoms, difficulties coping with treatment, lack of knowledge, distressed emotions, multiple comorbidities, and personal struggles were common. Self-care involved the recognition of symptoms, but atypical symptoms such as faintness were rarely attributed to HF. Patients discussed their successes and failures in following dietary, exercise, and medication recommendations. Some adaptation strategies were practical and some involved internal resources. Many patients accepted support from others, but some withdrew. With the number of barriers these patients face, it is not surprising that self-care of HF is typically poor and that readmission rates continue to be high. Recommendations are provided for a stepped approach to patient education and counseling that uses these findings in practice.
This article was published in Patient Educ Couns and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version