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Development of self-care educational material for patients with heart failure in Japan: a pilot study
University of Tokyo, Japan.
University of Tokyo, Japan.
Tokyo University Hospital, Japan .
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2012 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 14, no 2, 156-164 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study assessed the need for information regarding heart failure and self-care, developed self-care educational material, and investigated the feasibility of the material. A total of 22 hospitalized heart failure patients (mean age: 63 years) completed a self-administered questionnaire. We found that more than 90% of patients desired information, particularly about heart failure symptoms, time to notify healthcare providers, prognosis, and exercise/physical activity. After examining the eight existing brochures for Japanese heart failure patients, we developed self-care educational material. This was based on heart failure guidelines and on the results of our inquiry regarding information needs. Finally, a pilot study was conducted in nine hospitalized heart failure patients (mean age: 57 years). None of the patients had difficulty reading or understanding the educational material. The self-administrated questionnaire survey revealed that comprehension of the following improved after the educational sessions with the material: heart failure symptoms, medication, weighing, sodium intake, and fluid intake (P less than 0.05). In conclusion, heart failure patients have a great need for information about heart failure. Our pilot study suggests that the material was readable and had a beneficial effect on heart failure comprehension.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. Vol. 14, no 2, 156-164 p.
Keyword [en]
heart failure; needs assessment; pamphlets; patient education; self-care
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Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111197DOI: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2011.00673.xISI: 000304467900004PubMedID: 22339764OAI: diva2:754464

Funding Agencies|Japan Society for the Promotion of Science [224943]

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