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The influence of chronic heart failure in patient-partner dyads - a comparative study addressing issues of health-related quality of life
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
School of Nursing, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Health Technology Assessment. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart Centre, Department of Cardiology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4259-3671
2009 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Background: Patients with chronic heart failure (HF) and their partners face many challenges associated with heart disease. High social support in a close relationship has been found to improve survival in patients with HF. However, caring for a patient with HF may have negative effects on the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of the partner responsible for the care. The main focus in health care is still on improving the patients’ HRQOL, but the awareness of partners’ and families’ role and situation is increasing. Therefore further studies are needed to clarify these issues and the importance of partners in relation to HRQOL of patients with HF.

Objectives: To describe and compare HRQOL, quality-adjusted life year (QALY) weights, symptoms of depression, perceived control and knowledge in patients with chronic HF and their partners and to compare HRQOL and QALY weights in the partners with an age- and gender-matched group.

Methods: Data was collected from 135 patient-partner dyads at two Swedish hospitals. Data on the reference group was collected from the same region.

Results: Patients had lower HRQOL in all dimensions (p < 0.001) except in the mental health domain and lower QALY weights compared to their partners (p < 0.001). Mental health scores were lower in partners compared to the age and gender-matched references (p < 0.001). All other HRQOL scores and the QALY weights were comparable between partners and reference group. Patients had more depressive symptoms than their partners (p < 0.001). There was no difference in the level of perceived control or knowledge about chronic HF between patients and partners.

Conclusion: Being a partner to a patient with chronic HF markedly affects the mental aspect of HRQOL. Interventions focusing on education and psychosocial support may potentially promote effective coping in partners and enhance their ability to support the patient.

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Heart failure, partner, health-related quality of life, quality-adjusted life year, knowledge
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-53131OAI: diva2:286860
9th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing, 24-25 April, Dublin, Ireland
Available from: 2010-01-15 Created: 2010-01-15 Last updated: 2013-09-03

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