Quality of life and symptoms of depression in advanced heartfailure patients and their partners
2010 (English)In: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, ISSN 1751-4266, Vol. 4, no 4, 233-237 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose of review: To provide an overview of factors related to quality of life and symptoms of depression in heart failure patients and their partners. Furthermore, to give an overview of interventions that can be effective in improving their quality of life and decrease depressive symptoms.Recent findings: Quality of life of patients with heart failure and their partners is poor compared with their age-matched peers from the general population and also compared with patients suffering from other chronic diseases. Furthermore, many heart failure patients are depressed. Depressive symptoms of patients and of their partners seem to be interrelated, making interventions complicated but needed.Although the number of studies that specifically target improvement of quality of life and depression in heart failure patients and their partners is still small, several interventions are known to improve quality of life, and these could be implemented in daily care.Summary: This review considers demographic and clinical factors that are related to quality of life and depressive symptoms and addresses interventions that can contribute to improvement of quality of life of heart failure patients and their partners and decrease depressive symptoms.Education on self-care management and physical exercise are important elements of disease management programs. A multidisciplinary care approach including optimizing medical therapy and optimal symptom management is advised, focusing both on the patient and the caregiver. Treatment and care should not only focus on heart failure, but also address the consequences of co-morbidities and the side-effects of therapies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
LWW , 2010. Vol. 4, no 4, 233-237 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-61264DOI: 10.1097/SPC.0b013e328340744dOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-61264DiVA: diva2:362227
Tiny Jaarsma, Peter Johansson, Susanna Ågren and Anna Strömberg, Quality of life and symptoms of depression in advanced heartfailure patients and their partners, 2010, Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care, (4), 4, 233-237.
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