Do general practice patients with heart failure understand its nature and seriousness, and want improved information
posted by Research Admin on 24 June 2011
Year of Publication
Patient Education and Counseling, 45(3), 181-185.
Journal article (peer reviewed)
This study describes the extent to which patients with heart failure in general practice understand the nature and seriousness of their condition, and want more or better information about it than they currently get. The study involved a random sample of 62 patients receiving care for chronic heart failure in 30 central Auckland practices. The results of the qualitative study found that approximately 40% of the patients interviewed appeared not to understand the nature and seriousness of their heart failure condition. Eighteen per cent expressed wanting improved information about their condition. However, to avoid harm, the study authors did not ask patients about wants for information relating to the seriousness of their heart failure. Through patient education and counselling, providers could help patients to produce an advance written directive of wants for information.
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