Recognizing Heart Failure Symptoms Can Improve Patient Self-Management
This activity will provide nurses with information on how to improve self-management in patients with HF.
Despite life-sustaining medical management for patients with critically worsening symptoms, heart failure (HF) prevalence continues to rise. An estimated 5.7 million adult Americans have HF, and the prevalence is expected to rise 46 percent from 2012 to 2030, resulting in more than 8 million adults with HF.
The ability to recognize early and progressive HF signs and symptoms is crucial for both patients and clinicians. Yet even some experienced nurses lack recognition skills, so they’re unable to teach these to patients. Patients who are discharged without learning how to care for themselves and when to seek timely treatment may need to be readmitted repeatedly. It has been estimated that one in four Medicare patients with HF are readmitted within 30 days of discharge. This activity will provide nurses with information on how to improve self-management in patients with HF.
Key Learning Outcomes
- Identify why self-management is important in patients with HF.
- State causes of non-adherence in patients with HF.
- Discuss interventions nurses can use to enhance self-management in patients with HF.
Sharon E. Vincent, DNP, MSN, RN
Vincent is a clinical assistant professor at the College of Health and Human Sciences School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
Karen S. Mutsch, DNP, MSN, RN
Mutsch is an associate professor at the College of Health Professions, Department of Advanced Studies, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights.