Dickson, V. V, Eramo Melkus, G. D, Dorsen, C., Katz, S. & Riegel, B. (2015). Improving heart failure self-care through a community-based skill-building intervention: A study protocol. The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing,30(4 Suppl 1), 14-24. United States of America: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1097/JCN.0000000000000161
Self-care is the cornerstone of heart failure (HF) management. Numerous approaches to improving HF self-care, which involves adherence to the treatment plan, routine symptom monitoring, and the response to symptoms when they occur, have been developed with little impact on HF outcomes. On the basis of HF practice recommendations that patients receive education and counseling that emphasizes self-care and targets skill building of critical target behaviors, we are conducting a clinical trial designed to improve self-care among community-dwelling older adults using an innovative group-based, skill-building approach led by a trained health educator.
Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
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