Effectiveness of a Heart Failure Support Group on Patients and their Caregivers

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/147447
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Effectiveness of a Heart Failure Support Group on Patients and their Caregivers
Abstract:
Effectiveness of a Heart Failure Support Group on Patients and their Caregivers
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Ayers, Denise
P.I. Institution Name:Kent State University
Heart Failure is a chronic disease that affects 2.5 million people in the United States today. It is the most common cause of hospitalization in those over 65 years of age and although it usually cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Through the development and implementation of a Heart Failure Support group, patients and their caregivers may be assisted in dealing with this disease process. Research has shown that the effects of support groups have been beneficial to not only the patient, but the caregiver as well. Objectives for the support group include: (1) To provide individualized education and support to the Heart Failure patients and their caregivers on the Heart Failure disease process and treatment modalities. (2) To assess patients diagnosed with Heart Failure for signs and symptoms of exacerbation of the disease process. (3) To evaluate the care needs and concerns of both the Heart Failure patient and caregiver. (4) To function as an independent but adjunctive professional between the Heart Failure patient, caregiver and physician. During the meeting of the support group, Registered Nurses and other healthcare professionals present educational topics dealing with diet, exercise, medications, the disease processes, identification of exacerbation of the condition and caregiver support. Assessments of weights, blood pressures, heart rates, edema, and lung sounds are performed. Additional activities are included related to the educational needs and concerns of the group. Patients with Heart Failure require ongoing care. Without adequate treatment and follow-up care, the patient diagnosed with Heart Failure will continue to exhibit a decreased in quality of life and functional ability and eventually mortality. By incorporating a Heart Failure Support Group into the plan of care, the patient and caregiver work together as a team. Their support of one another assists in management of this disease process.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEffectiveness of a Heart Failure Support Group on Patients and their Caregiversen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/147447-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Effectiveness of a Heart Failure Support Group on Patients and their Caregivers</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Ayers, Denise</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Kent State University</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dayers@tusc.kent.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Heart Failure is a chronic disease that affects 2.5 million people in the United States today. It is the most common cause of hospitalization in those over 65 years of age and although it usually cannot be cured, it can be controlled. Through the development and implementation of a Heart Failure Support group, patients and their caregivers may be assisted in dealing with this disease process. Research has shown that the effects of support groups have been beneficial to not only the patient, but the caregiver as well. Objectives for the support group include: (1) To provide individualized education and support to the Heart Failure patients and their caregivers on the Heart Failure disease process and treatment modalities. (2) To assess patients diagnosed with Heart Failure for signs and symptoms of exacerbation of the disease process. (3) To evaluate the care needs and concerns of both the Heart Failure patient and caregiver. (4) To function as an independent but adjunctive professional between the Heart Failure patient, caregiver and physician. During the meeting of the support group, Registered Nurses and other healthcare professionals present educational topics dealing with diet, exercise, medications, the disease processes, identification of exacerbation of the condition and caregiver support. Assessments of weights, blood pressures, heart rates, edema, and lung sounds are performed. Additional activities are included related to the educational needs and concerns of the group. Patients with Heart Failure require ongoing care. Without adequate treatment and follow-up care, the patient diagnosed with Heart Failure will continue to exhibit a decreased in quality of life and functional ability and eventually mortality. By incorporating a Heart Failure Support Group into the plan of care, the patient and caregiver work together as a team. Their support of one another assists in management of this disease process.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:32:31Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:32:31Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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