Feasibility study of a nurse-led heart failure education program
Aims/objectives: To assess the feasibility of a nurse-led heart failure (HF) education program using the Self-Care Heart Failure Index (SCHFI) instrument.
Background: HF is a frequent and burdensome condition requiring support with self-care management strategies and education. Translating best practice to health services is important in improving health outcomes.
Design: Longitudinal quasi-experimental design.
Methods: A convenience sample of (N = 41) patients with HF. We implemented a nurse-led education program with 30-day post-discharge home-based telephone follow-up. The SCHFI was used to measure self-care behaviors. 30-day readmission rates were assessed.
Results: A significant difference was found in scores for self-care maintenance (p ≤ .001) and self-care management (p ≤ .001) subscales, not self-care confidence. There was no statistically significant difference between 30-day HF readmission rates.
Conclusions: Findings suggest that the nurse-led evidence-based HF education program improved self-care behaviors and decreased 30-day readmissions. There is a need for continued development of interventions focused on improving patient self-care confidence.
Baptiste DL, Davidson P, Groff Paris L, Becker K, Magloire T, Taylor LA. Feasibility study of a nurse-led heart failure education program. Contemp Nurse. 2016 Aug;52(4):499-510. doi: 10.1080/10376178.2016.1229577. Epub 2016 Sep 20. PMID: 27575637.