Living with chronic heart failure: A review of qualitative studies of older people

Yu, Doris S. F, Lee, Diana T. F, Kwong, Alice N. T, Thompson, David R and Woo, Jean (2008) Living with chronic heart failure: A review of qualitative studies of older people. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 61 5: 474-483. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04553.x

Author Yu, Doris S. F
Lee, Diana T. F
Kwong, Alice N. T
Thompson, David R
Woo, Jean
Title Living with chronic heart failure: A review of qualitative studies of older people
Journal name Journal of Advanced Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0309-2402
Publication date 2008-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04553.x
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 61
Issue 5
Start page 474
End page 483
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Blackwell Science
Language eng
Subject C1
920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
110201 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
Formatted abstract
Title. Living with chronic heart failure: a review of qualitative studies of older people

Aim. This paper is a report of a systematic review of qualitative studies of how older people live with chronic heart failure.

Background. Chronic heart failure is a global epidemic mainly affecting an ageing population. Understanding how older people live with this disease is important to help promote their adjustment to the distressing illness experience.

Data sources. Eligible studies published in 1997–2007 were identified from several databases (Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO and Sociological Abstracts). A manual search was conducted of bibliographies of the identified studies and relevant journals.

Review methods. Two researchers independently reviewed the studies and extracted the data. Key concepts from the papers were compared for similarities and differences. The transactional model of stress was used to guide data synthesis.

Findings. Fourteen qualitative studies were identified. Most described the illness experiences of older people with chronic heart failure and associated coping strategies. There was some emerging work exploring the adjustment process. The findings indicated that living with chronic heart failure was characterized by distressing symptoms, compromised physical functioning, feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness, and social and role dysfunction. There were gender differences in the way the disease was conceived. Adjustment required patients to make sense of the illness experience, accept the prognosis, and get on with living with the condition.

Conclusion. Empowering older people to manage chronic heart failure, instilling hope and bolstering support system are means of promoting successful adjustment to the disease. Further research needs to explore the cultural differences in the adjustment process.
Keyword Appraisal
Chronic heart failure
Older people
Qualitative research
Systematic review
Q-Index Code C1
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