Educational needs of patients with advanced heart failure and their caregivers

ArticleinThe Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation 20(7):766-9 · August 2001with3 Reads
Impact Factor: 6.65 · DOI: 10.1016/S1053-2498(00)00239-4 · Source: PubMed
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.

    • "These studies showed that HF caregivers faced with several challenges and needs in their caregiving. They mentioned the physical, psychosocial, educational, and financial needs of HF family caregivers.[817181920] "
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    • "The SHFN was identified as being an integral part of medication management and key to this was the role taken in prescribing medication to reduce demands on the carer. Alongside information and education, carers report a need to have open and honest dialogue to promote understanding of the disease progression (Walden et al, 2001; Aldred et al, 2005) Carers may acknowledge that heart failure is a serious medical condition but there is limited understanding of it being a chronic, incurable disease (Walden et al, 2001; Clark et al, 2008). Carers can feel isolated and out of control at times in their role. "
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