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A nurse-based management program in heart failure patients affects females and persons with cognitive dysfunction most
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2005 (English)In: Patient Education and Counseling, ISSN 0738-3991, E-ISSN 1873-5134, Vol. 58, no 2, 146-53 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is important that congestive heart failure (CHF) patients know how to monitor and manage disease-associated signs and symptoms. CHF patients were randomised to follow-up at a nurse-based outpatient clinic (intervention group (IG); n = 103), or to follow-up in primary healthcare (control group (CG); n = 105). Patient knowledge of CHF and self-care were assessed by a questionnaire and cognitive function by a Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) at baseline and at six months. Men knew more about CHF as compared to females at baseline (p < 0.01). However, females in the IG increased their knowledge of self-care between baseline and six months as compared to CG females (p < 0.05). Patients with cognitive dysfunction (MMSE < 24) presented lower scores on knowledge as compared to those with a MMSE of >24 at baseline (p < 0.01). These differences disappeared after the intervention. Thus, females seemed to gain more than men from a nurse-based management program and patients with in-hospital signs of cognitive dysfunction should be encouraged to participate.

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2005. Vol. 58, no 2, 146-53 p.
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-95DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2004.08.005PubMedID: 16009290OAI: oai:DiVA.org:shh-95DiVA: diva2:301177
Available from: 2010-03-02 Created: 2010-02-25 Last updated: 2014-10-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Knowledge Acquisition in Patients with Heart Disease
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2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The general aim was to evaluate different aspects of the knowledge acquisition process in patients with heart disease. Three different education programs were evaluated.

In Paper I 208 patients with systolic heart failure (HF) aged >60 years, were included. They were randomized to the nurse-based outpatient clinic or to the patients´ general practitioners (GP). The aim was to assess effects of a nurse-based management program – intended to increase the knowledge of the HF disease and its self-care – and relate the results to gender and cognitive function. The results showed that the nurse-based outpatient clinic has an important role in patient education, and increases patients´ knowledge about self-care and the disease. The results indicate that females have more to gain than men from such management programs. Patients demonstrating signs of cognitive dysfunction when in hospital did also benefit.

In Paper II 224 patients, aged <75 years suffering from an acute AMI or who had underwent coronary artery by-pass grafting, were randomized to intervention (an expanded cardiac rehabilitation program) or to control (usual care). The aim was to investigate the effect of an expanded cardiac rehabilitation program on psychosocial characteristics including depression, anxiety, and quality of life (QoL) in type D and non-type D coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. The results show that an expanded rehabilitation program significantly reduces type D score, improves QoL, and decreases self-estimated depression and anxiety in CAD patients in the highest quartile of type D score.

In Paper III and IV 182 patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) were included and referred to the nurse-based outpatient clinic. They were randomized to intervention (patients decided on how they should be informed and by which information technique) or to control (the nurse decided according to usual routine).

The aim in Paper III was to compare patient-based selection of information with nurse-based selection of information in patients with HF and to evaluate the effects on knowledge acquisition, QoL, visits to the outpatient clinic, drug therapy and readmissions. Patients had fewer visits to the nurse-based outpatient clinic and a trend to a more flexible diuretic regimen, if patients were involved in the decision on how to be informed. Both groups increased QoL, knowledge their doses of relevant medication, and readmissions did not differ between the two groups.

The aim in Paper IV was to compare patient-based and nurse-based New York Heart Association (NYHA) classification and its relation to grade of depression and knowledge acquisition in patients with HF. The results show a mismatch between the NYHA classifications performed by patients respectively by the nurse. Furthermore, patients in a depressed mood at baseline had more clinical events during the first year after hospitalization due to CHF. However, there was no difference in knowledge acquisition between patients in a depressed mood as compared to patients in a normal mood.

The conclusion is that information given at a nurse-based outpatient clinic has an important role in patient education. Females and patients with in-hospital cognitive dysfunction had the greatest gains Patients who are involved in the decision on how to be informed had fewer visits to the nurse-based outpatient clinic. The fewer visits did not affect knowledge, QoL, readmissions, or medical treatment in a negative way. Patients assessed a higher NYHA class than a nurse. Patients who were depressed had an increased incidence of clinical events during the first year after hospitalisation due to HF. There was no difference in knowledge acquisition between patients in a depressed mood as compared to patients in a normal mood. An expanded rehabilitation program significantly reduces type D score, improves quality of life, and decreases self-estimated depression and anxiety in patients with CAD in the upper quartile of type D score.

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Stockholm: Karolinska Institutet, 2007. 55 p.
Keyword
Chronic heart failure, Coronary artery disease, NYHA classification, Depression, Type-D personality, Cardiac rehabilitation, Knowledge, Information techniques
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Nursing
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urn:nbn:se:shh:diva-138 (URN)978-91-7357-257-6 (ISBN)
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2007-09-28, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2010-04-27 Created: 2010-03-12 Last updated: 2016-06-09Bibliographically approved

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