Learning for heart failure patients (The L-HF patient study)

Boyde, Mary, Tuckett, Anthony, Peters, Robyn, Thompson, David, Turner, Catherine and Stewart, Simon (2009) Learning for heart failure patients (The L-HF patient study). Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18 14: 2030-2039. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02716.x

Author Boyde, Mary
Tuckett, Anthony
Peters, Robyn
Thompson, David
Turner, Catherine
Stewart, Simon
Title Learning for heart failure patients (The L-HF patient study)
Journal name Journal of Clinical Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2702
Publication date 2009-07-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02716.x
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 14
Start page 2030
End page 2039
Total pages 10
Editor Roger Watson
Debra Jackson
Carol Haigh
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
321003 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
111004 Clinical Nursing: Tertiary (Rehabilitative)
Formatted abstract
Aim and objective. To investigate the learning style and preferences for information delivery of heart failure patients for the purpose of informing the design of educational resources.

Background. Patient education is a vital component of heart failure management programmes however the content and delivery of education varies in each programme. Traditionally education programmes for patients have focussed on educational needs as identified by health care providers however research has shown there are discrepancies between patients’ and nurses’ perceptions of the learning needs of heart failure patients. There is no evidence that educational programmes for heart failure patients are based on identification of patients learning needs or their preferred learning style.

Design. Qualitative.

Method. A purposive sample of 12 participants, diagnosed with heart failure and enrolled in a heart failure management programme, participated in semi-structured interviews.

Results. Four themes emerged: knowledge quest (L-loading), barriers to learning (L-inhibitors), facilitators for learning (L-agonists), and meeting educational needs (L-titration). Integral to these themes was the participant’s relationship with health care professionals.

This study provides unique information regarding the preferred learning modality of heart failure patients and, as such, serves to inform the development of appropriate education resources specifically tailored for this population.

Relevance to clinical practice.
The development of effective modes of  ducation is likely to further enhance heart failure management programmes service organisation and delivery and improve health outcomes for heart failure patients.
Keyword chronic illness
heart disease
patient information
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes David Robert Thompson is an Honorary Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2010 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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