The importance of interactions between patients and healthcare professionals for heart failure self-care: a systematic review of qualitative research into patient perspectives

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

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Effective heart failure (HF) self-care can improve clinical outcomes but is dependent on patients’ undertaking a number of complex self-care behaviors. Research into the effectiveness of HF management programs demonstrates mixed results. There is a need to improve understanding of patient perspectives’ of self-care need in order to enhance supportive interventions. This paper reports selected findings from a systematic review of qualitative research related to HF self-care need from the patients’ perspective. The focus here is on those facets of patient-healthcare professional relationships perceived by patients to influence HF self-care.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Early online date19 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • patients
  • healthcare professionals
  • heart failure
  • self-care
  • nursing research

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