Learning style and learning needs of heart failure patients (The Need2Know-HF patient study)

Boyde, Mary, Tuckett, Anthony G., Peters, Robyn, Thompson, David R., Turner, Catherine T. and Stewart, Simon (2009) Learning style and learning needs of heart failure patients (The Need2Know-HF patient study). European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 8 5: 316-322. doi:10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2009.05.003


Author Boyde, Mary
Tuckett, Anthony G.
Peters, Robyn
Thompson, David R.
Turner, Catherine T.
Stewart, Simon
Title Learning style and learning needs of heart failure patients (The Need2Know-HF patient study)
Journal name European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1474-5151
1873-1953
Publication date 2009-12-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2009.05.003
Volume 8
Issue 5
Start page 316
End page 322
Total pages 7
Editor T. Jaarsma
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
110201 Cardiology (incl. Cardiovascular Diseases)
111712 Health Promotion
920103 Cardiovascular System and Diseases
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
1110 Nursing
1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
Formatted abstract
Background
Heart failure management programs which include education are the gold standard for management of patients with heart failure. Identifying the learning styles and learning needs of heart failure patients is an essential step in developing effective education strategies within these programs.

Aim
To investigate the learning style and learning needs of heart failure patients.

Methods
Patients diagnosed with heart failure at a large tertiary referral hospital completed a Heart Failure Learning Style and Needs Inventory.

Results
From the total of 55 patients who completed the questionnaire 64% reported a preference for multimodal learning style, 18% preferred read/write, 11% preferred auditory, and 7% preferred kinesthetic. In relation to educational topics, signs and symptoms was ranked as the most important topic to learn about followed by prognosis.

Conclusion
This study provides a poignant snap-shot into the world of chronic disease. In essence, the patients' educational needs for living with heart failure can be summed up as “Never better, getting worse, unpredictable”. The results indicate that these groups of patients need to know (Need2Know) about information regarding their signs and symptoms as well as wanting to elicit the significance of their disease and whether it can be cured.
Keyword Heart failure
Learning needs
Patient education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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