Educational needs of patients with advanced heart failure and their caregivers
ABSTRACT At the time of initial transplant evaluation, we evaluated the information and counseling needs of 82 outpatients with advanced heart failure and compared them with the needs of 74 of their caregivers. Both groups answered a 23-item questionnaire, which used a 5-point Likert scale to assess needs across 6 sub-scales specific to heart failure and the process of determining transplant eligibility. The 5 most important learning needs of patients and caregivers were similar, and we found significant differences only in the groups' responses to 3 individual questions. We conclude that nurses can meet the needs of patients and their caregivers by providing honest explanations, focusing on enhanced quality of life issues, and giving information for dealing with an emergency.
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ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to analyze the connections between patient education and health-related quality of life as an outcome variable. Data were collected among surgical hospital patients (n = 237) in Finland. On the basis of the results, there seems to be a positive relationship between received knowledge and health-related quality of life, and as such, the study produced knowledge about one quality indicator in nursing care. More research is needed to explore this connection in greater details.Journal of nursing care quality 01/2005; 20(4):307-16; quiz 317-8. DOI:10.1097/00001786-200510000-00005 · 1.09 Impact Factor
Article: Linee guida per le attività di psicologia in cardiologia riabilitativa e preventiva Guidelines for psychology activities in cardiac rehabilitation and prevention Task Force per le Attività di Psicologia in Cardiologia Riabilitativa e Preventiva, Gruppo Italiano di Cardiologia Riabilitativa e Preventiva (GICR)* Task Force for Psychology Activities in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention Italian Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention (GICR)* Gruppo di Lavoro (Core Writing Group)[Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Guidelines for psychology activities in cardiac rehabilitation and prevention. Task Force for psychology activities in cardiac rehabilitation and prevention, Italian Work- ing Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention (GICR) - Core Writing Group: M. Sommaruga, R. Tramarin (Chair- persons), E. Angelino, O. Bettinardi, M.A. Cauteruccio, M. Miglioretti, M. Monti, A. Pierobon, C. Sguazzin - Reviewers:
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ABSTRACT: During the last few years about the chronic patient assistance the tendency is to privilege the home care model, favouring the permanence of the patient in the familiar nucleus. This determines an always greater involvement in term of time and responsibility of the caregiver that is of the person who takes cure of the patient one worrying itself to answer to its physical needs, psychical and social. The burden of the family caregiver is in the consisting majority of the cases rather. The caregiver is therefore, with full rights, the other protagonist of the disease and it must be necessarily integrated in the assistance plan. The increase of the age associated to an increase of the prevalence of chronic pathologies, determines the necessity to plan new interventions on the territory. In chronic patients alternative assistance models, using telemedicine, seem to be effectives improving both clinical aspects and quality of the life. A new area of interest is delineated therefore that, through the new technologies of the ICT must define been involved the single roles of the operating ones in the participation program. The telemedicine seems to be a useful instrument in order to support patient and caregiver in facing the disease and reducing stress. In our model of domiciliary telesurveillance the patient, the caregiver, the family and all the sanitary figures are been involved. This model integrating the service dedicated to chronic pathology with telepsychology at home seems to give good result even if ulterior studies, above all in the long term, are need.