Measurement of health-related quality of life in chronic heart failure, from a nursing perspective - A review of the literature
2004 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, Vol. 3, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Living with chronic heart failure (CHF) is distressful and affects daily life. Because of the lack of a cure for CHF, there has been a progressive interest in using health-related quality of life (Hr-QoL) as an outcome measurement of the treatment in patients with CHF.
Objective: The aim of this review was to describe the instruments/questionnaires used in different studies in the measurement of Hr-QoL in patients with CHF, and how they were put into operation as seen from a nursing perspective.
Method: MEDLINE and CINAHL databases were searched from January 1995 to June 2002, by using the keywords CHF, heart failure, QoL and Hr-QoL. A total of 33 articles were analysed.
Results: Thirty-two different Hr-QoL questionnaires were found. Generic, disease-specific and battery approaches were different ways used to measure Hr-QoL. To assess/describe Hr-QoL, evaluate the impact of interventions and examine relations/predictors were three main objectives. However, different aspects of the concept Hr-QoL, influencing factors, how to implement the questionnaires and a lack of unified CHF criteria existed.
Conclusions: To create a guideline for the measurement of Hr-QoL in CHF patients is of great importance for nurses and might generate homogeneity in the measurement methods and promote the scientific approach in the nursing care process. © 2003 European Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 3, no 1
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-24309DOI: 10.1016/j.ejcnurse.2003.09.004Local ID: 3932OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-24309DiVA: diva2:244626