Educating nurses and patients to manage heart failure
2002 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1474-5151, Vol. 1, no 1, 33-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Patient education is an important component in the management of patients with heart failure and nurses are increasingly involved in this area. This paper reviews the literature on education to patients with heart failure and the education and training for heart failure nurses. Patients with heart failure need education in order to adapt to their chronic syndrome and perform self-care. The education process often starts during the hospital admission, but must continue in the outpatient setting. Nurses need to be skilled in assessing the requirements and level of the education given to the individual. Computer-based education has been found to be a preferred and effective compliment to the education provided by health care professionals. The effect of new materials and methods needs to be evaluated in order to improve the overall effectiveness of the education provided. The patient with heart failure should have an active role in this development and evaluation. The heart failure nurse needs to be experienced in cardiac care, have an ability to work independently in order to be delegated responsibilities such as drug titration and patient assessment. This requires optimal experience, training and education for advanced practice. In order to develop and evaluate the education of patients with heart failure and the overall effectiveness of heart failure nurses in this regard, national and international collaborations are needed. ⌐ 2002 European Society of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2002. Vol. 1, no 1, 33-40 p.
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-27155DOI: 10.1016/S1474-5151(01)00011-1Local ID: 11803OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-27155DiVA: diva2:247706