Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Follow-Up Phone Calls Improving Self-Care Efficacy in Heart Failure Patients
by Bordelon, Lori D., D.N.P., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2016, 46; 10163307
Abstract (Summary)

The goal of the project was to implement best-practice guidelines for adults with heart failure (HF) receiving home care. Heart failure is incurable, but can be managed when healthcare providers use evidence-based treatment guidelines and patients comply with routine follow-up and practice a healthy lifestyle. Providing access to care for the elderly in the form of a structured telephone call program to monitor self-care efficacy related to adherence to medication and other treatments and therapies is associated with reduced HF symptoms and improved quality of life. This project implemented a phone call follow-up program to evaluate and improve self-care efficacy in adults with heart failure by monitoring compliance, providing education, and focusing on key indicators of HF symptom exacerbation. The Self-Care of Heart Failure Index (SCHFI) was used in weekly phone calls for a total of 10 weeks. Using the SCHFI tool provided structure and included key best practice content areas with scripting to enhance consistency. The project participants were adults age > 65 year old patients receiving care through a home health care team in central Louisiana who had an established diagnosis of heart failure.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gauthier, Donna
Commitee: Farmer-Kaiser, Mary, Leigh, Gwen, Lemoine, Jennifer
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Nursing
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-B 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Nursing, Health care management
Keywords: Health maintenance, Heart failure, Home care, Self-efficacy
Publication Number: 10163307
ISBN: 978-1-369-17999-6
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