Prospective memory and chronic heart failure

Habota, Tina, Cameron, Jan, McLennan, Skye N., Ski, Chantal F., Thompson, David R. and Rendell, Peter G. (2013) Prospective memory and chronic heart failure. BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 13 63: 1-9. doi:10.1186/1471-2261-13-63

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Author Habota, Tina
Cameron, Jan
McLennan, Skye N.
Ski, Chantal F.
Thompson, David R.
Rendell, Peter G.
Title Prospective memory and chronic heart failure
Journal name BMC Cardiovascular Disorders   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1471-2261
Publication date 2013-08-28
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1471-2261-13-63
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 13
Issue 63
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background Patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) experience a number of debilitating symptoms, which impact on activities of daily living and result in poor quality of life. Prospective memory, which is defined as memory to carry out future intentions, has not been investigated in this group. However, emerging evidence suggests CHF patients have difficulties with cognitive processes related to prospective memory. Self-care, which partly relies on prospective memory, is essential in symptom management and preventing acute clinical deterioration. This study aims to measure prospective memory in CHF patients, and examine the relationship between prospective memory and CHF self-care.

Methods/Design A comprehensive neuropsychological assessment will be conducted to assess a range of cognitive functions and psychopathology. The primary focus will be an assessment of prospective memory using a well-established behavioral measure; Virtual Week. Thirty CHF patients attending a nurse-led management program will be recruited from three hospital sites in Melbourne, Australia and their self-care behaviors will be assessed using the Self-care Chronic Heart Failure Index (SCHFI), a validated self-report tool. An additional 30 healthy controls, matched on age, gender, and IQ will be recruited from the general community.

Discussion This is a group comparison study that will provide an evaluation of the prospective memory abilities of CHF patients. The findings of this research will provide insight into whether prospective memory may be hindering patients’ ability to perform adequate self-care.
Keyword Chronic heart failure
Cognitive function
Prospective memory
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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