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Type: Journal article
Title: Pilot testing of a self-care education intervention for patients with heart failure
Author: Boyde, M.
Song, S.
Peters, R.
Turner, C.
Thompson, D.
Stewart, S.
Citation: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 2013; 12(1):39-46
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1474-5151
1873-1953
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Mary Boyde, Sarah Song, Robyn Peters, Catherine Turner, David R Thompson and Simon Stewart
Abstract: Background: A key component of the structured approach to the management of chronic heart failure (CHF) is effective patient education. Patient education is a precursor to performing appropriate health-related behaviours that can decrease rehospitalizations. Aim: To pilot test an educational intervention and to determine the efficacy of a self-care manual combined with a DVD for patients with CHF. Outcomes of interest included heart failure-related knowledge and self-care behaviours. Methods: This pilot study enrolled a sample of 38 patients with CHF. A pre-test/post-test design was conducted to assess changes in knowledge and self-care abilities. Knowledge was assessed with the Dutch Heart Failure Knowledge Scale and self-care behaviours were assessed using the Self-Care of Heart Failure Index. Results: Of the 38 participants 71% were male, 50% were aged between 65 and 74 years, and 31.6% had not completed Year 10 education. There was a statistically significantly difference in the pre- and post-test scores for knowledge (p < 0.0001). Self-care showed positive improvement between pre- and post-test scores; maintenance (p = 0.027), management (p < 0.0001) and confidence (p = 0.051). Conclusion: This pilot study has indicated that a patient-centred self-care manual combined with a DVD is beneficial and is associated with an improvement in patients' knowledge and self-care abilities. Practice Implications: Healthcare professionals should utilize multimedia educational resources specifically designed to meet the learning needs of patients with CHF.
Keywords: Heart failure; self-care; patient education, multimedia resources
Rights: © The European Society of Cardiology 2012 Reprints and permission: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav
RMID: 0030087286
DOI: 10.1177/1474515111430881
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