Pilot testing of a self-care education intervention for patients with heart failure

Boyde, Mary, Song, Sarah, Peters, Robyn, Turner, Catherine, Thompson, David R. and Stewart, Simon (2013) Pilot testing of a self-care education intervention for patients with heart failure. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 12 1: 39-46. doi:10.1177/1474515111430881

Author Boyde, Mary
Song, Sarah
Peters, Robyn
Turner, Catherine
Thompson, David R.
Stewart, Simon
Title Pilot testing of a self-care education intervention for patients with heart failure
Journal name European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-5151
Publication date 2013-02
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1474515111430881
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 39
End page 46
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: A key component of the structured approach to the management of chronic heart failure (CHF) is effective patient education. Patient education is a precursor to performing appropriate health-related behaviours that can decrease rehospitalizations.

To pilot test an educational intervention and to determine the efficacy of a self-care manual combined with a DVD for patients with CHF. Outcomes of interest included heart failure-related knowledge and self-care behaviours.

This pilot study enrolled a sample of 38 patients with CHF. A pre-test/post-test design was conducted to assess changes in knowledge and self-care abilities. Knowledge was assessed with the Dutch Heart Failure Knowledge Scale and self-care behaviours were assessed using the Self-Care of Heart Failure Index.

Results: Of the 38 participants 71% were male, 50% were aged between 65 and 74 years, and 31.6% had not completed Year 10 education. There was a statistically significantly difference in the pre- and post-test scores for knowledge (p < 0.0001). Self-care showed positive improvement between pre- and post-test scores; maintenance (p = 0.027), management (p < 0.0001) and confidence (p = 0.051).

Conclusion: This pilot study has indicated that a patient-centred self-care manual combined with a DVD is beneficial and is associated with an improvement in patients’ knowledge and self-care abilities.

Practice implications: Healthcare professionals should utilize multimedia educational resources specifically designed to meet the learning needs of patients with CHF.

Keyword Heart failure
Patient education
Multimedia resources
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print: January 11 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2013 Collection
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