A systematic review of patient heart failure self-care strategies

Karen Harkness, Melisa Spaling, Kay Currie, Patricia H. Strachan, Alexander M. Clark

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Self-care is at the foundation for living with a chronic condition such as heart failure (HF). Patients with HF express difficulty with translating self-care knowledge into understanding "how" to engage in these activities and behaviors. Understanding the strategies that patients develop to engage in self-care will help healthcare providers (HCPs) improve support for unmet self-care needs of HF patients. The purpose of this systematic review was to highlight strategies that HF patients use to accommodate self-care recommendations into the reality of their daily lives.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • heart failure
  • self-care strategy
  • systematic review

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