ABSTRACT: The quality of life (QoL) is an important outcome indicator for heart failure management. As the use of a validate questionnaire in a different cultural context can affect data interpretation our main objective is the Italian translation and linguistic validation of the Severe Heart Failure Questionnaire (SHF) and its comparison with the MLHF (Minnesota Living with Heart Failure) Questionnaire.
The SHF and "The Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire" were translated. A consensus involving parallel back-translations was established among a group of cardiologists, psychologists and biostatisticians. SHF and MLHF were both administrated to a sample of 50 patients.
The patients' median age was 63 years. Ace inhibitors therapy was administered in 88% of cases and betablockers in 56% of cases. Finally the Italian version of SHF correlates well with MLHF for all domains, except life satisfaction SHF domain.
The Italian version of the SHF correlates well with MLHF for almost all domains and it represents a valid alternative for quality of life assessment in heart failure patients.
Journal of preventive medicine and hygiene 01/2009; 49(4):152-7.
ABSTRACT: In the management of heart failure the general practitioner (GP) plays an important role. However, international studies proved that the GP differs in the management of these patients from the cardiologist. This pilot study aims at investigating if such differences persist in the Italian community.
Seventy patients with heart failure have been enrolled prospectively by 10 GPs in the Udine district (ASL 4). All of them have been evaluated at the first and subsequent visits, both with respect to clinical and instrumental parameters, overall resource consumption and quality of life.
We observed a high degree of heterogeneity in the follow up patterns; a low coordination between GP and cardiologists in managing patients; several co-morbidities; high social burden; a good adherence to treatment guidelines; a moderate workload, subjectively evaluated from the GP.
This experience motivated the need of further research in the field, and, from the point of view of the daily practice, the need of integrating hospital and community management of patients with heart failure.
Monaldi archives for chest disease = Archivio Monaldi per le malattie del torace / Fondazione clinica del lavoro, IRCCS [and] Istituto di clinica tisiologica e malattie apparato respiratorio, Università di Napoli, Secondo ateneo 10/2002; 58(2):95-100.
ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a health education intervention aimed at improving therapeutic compliance and quality of life of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). In this 1100 bed Community hospital 97% of patients with CHF admitted to the Internal Medicine Unit have a high rate of readmission, mortality and negative quality of life.
Two hundred patients (123 males, 77 females, mean age 75 years) were enrolled and randomized. CHF patients admitted to the Internal Medicine Unit were randomly assigned to usual care (n=100) or intervention group (n=100), which consisted of a nurse-guided education program, facilitated telephone communication and regularly scheduled follow-up visits with an internist. The primary endpoints were quality of life and quality of service improvement, and improved compliance with the heart failure guidelines. All patients were submitted to echocardiography.
Ejection fraction is available for 87% of them. Baseline quality of life is similar in both groups. Final data will be available after April 2001.
Italian heart journal. Supplement: official journal of the Italian Federation of Cardiology 05/2001; 2(4):390-5.
ABSTRACT: To assess the prevalence, clinical characteristics, use of medical resources and quality of life in consecutive patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) hospitalized in a large community hospital during 3 months.
The study group included 354 patients with CHF, admitted in the Departments of Internal Medicine (97%) and Cardiology. Median age was 78 years [72;85], 45% were males. CHF was the main diagnosis in 72%; 28% were in NYHA class III and 49% in class IV; 42% had atrial fibrillation. The median hospital stay was 8 days [5;14], in-hospital mortality 9% in those admitted for CHF and 19% in those admitted primarily for other diseases. Patients with CHF occupied 15% of the beds; 1330 ECGs, 389 chest X-rays, 112 echocardiograms and 10 coronary angiograms were performed. A quality of life questionnaire revealed that 82% had problems with mobility, 54% with self-care and 88% with everyday activity. Thirty-nine percent of patients had at least one hospitalization during the previous year.
Ninety-seven percent of hospitalized patients with CHF are admitted in the Internal Medicine wards and occupy 15% of beds. The majority of the patients are 72 years or older, with severe heart failure. The frequency of rehospitalization(s) and mortality rate in this population remains high. Echocardiography is performed only in 27% of patients.
European Journal of Heart Failure 01/2000; 1(4):411-7. · 4.90 Impact Factor