Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

2-17-2017

Publication Source

Current Heart Failure Reports

Volume

14

Issue

2

Start Page

71

Last Page

77

DOI

10.1007/s11897-017-0324-1

Abstract

Purpose of the Review

As described in the theory of self-care in chronic illness, there is a wide range of factors that can influence self-care behavior. The purpose of this paper is to summarize the recent heart failure literature on these related factors in order to provide an overview on which factors might be suitable to be considered to make self-care interventions more successful.

Recent Findings

Recent studies in heart failure patients confirm that factors described in the theory of self-care of chronic illness are relevant for heart failure patients.

Summary

Experiences and skills, motivation, habits, cultural beliefs and values, functional and cognitive abilities, confidence, and support and access to care are all important to consider when developing or improving interventions for patients with heart failure and their families. Additional personal and contextual factors that might influence self-care need to be explored and included in future studies and theory development efforts.

Copyright/Permission Statement

© The Author(s) 2017.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.

Keywords

self-care, heart failure, self-care maintenance, self-care monitoring, self-care management

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Date Posted: 06 August 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.