Journal article

Comparison of self-care behaviors of heart failure patients in 15 countries worldwide

Tiny Jaarsma, Anna Stromberg, Tuvia Ben Gal, Jan Cameron, Andrea Driscoll, Hans-Dirk Duengen, Simone Inkrot, Tsuey-Yuan Huang, Ngoc Huyen Nguyen, Naoko Kato, Stefan Koeberich, Josep Lupon, Debra K Moser, Giovanni Pulignano, Eneida Rejane Rabelo, Jom Suwanno, David R Thompson, Ercole Vellone, Rosaria Alvaro, Doris Yu Show all

PATIENT EDUCATION AND COUNSELING | ELSEVIER IRELAND LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Clinicians worldwide seek to educate and support heart failure patients to engage in self-care. We aimed to describe self-care behaviors of patients from 15 countries across three continents. METHODS: Data on self-care were pooled from 5964 heart failure patients from the United States, Europe, Australasia and South America. Data on self-care were collected with the Self-care of Heart Failure Index or the European Heart Failure Self-care Behavior Scale. RESULTS: In all the samples, most patients reported taking their medications as prescribed but exercise and weight monitoring were low. In 14 of the 22 samples, more than 50% of the patients reported low exercise levels. In 16 samp..

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