Publication Date

2016

Abstract

Background: Fatigue is a common symptom in patients with heart failure that is easy to ignore. In addition, fatigue may affect patients’ physical function and psychosocial conditions that can impair their quality of life. An effective nursing care programme is required to alleviate patients’ fatigue and improve their quality of life. Aim: To investigate the effects of a supportive educational nursing care programme on fatigue and quality of life in patients with heart failure. Methods: A randomised controlled trial design was used. Ninety-two patients with heart failure were randomly assigned to an intervention group (n=47) or a control group (n=45). The patients in the intervention group participated in 12 weeks of a supportive educational nursing care programme including fatigue assessment, education, coaching self-care and evaluation. The intervention was conducted by a cardiac nurse during four face-to-face interviews and three follow-up telephone interviews. Fatigue and quality of life were assessed at the baseline and 4 weeks, 8 weeks and 12 weeks after enrollment in both groups. Results: The participants in the intervention group exhibited a significant decrease in the level of fatigue after 12 weeks, whereas those in the control group exhibited no significant changes. Compared with the control group, the intervention group exhibited a significantly greater decrease in the level of fatigue and significantly greater improvement in quality of life after 12 weeks of intervention. Conclusions: The supportive educational nursing care programme was recommended to alleviate fatigue and improve quality of life in patients with heart failure.

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