Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

6-2012

Publication Source

Current Cardiology Reports

Volume

14

Issue

3

Start Page

265

Last Page

275

DOI

10.1007/s11886-012-0267-9

Abstract

Optimal outcomes and quality of life for patients with heart failure depend on engagement in effective self-care activities. Self-care is a complex set of activities and most clinicians are not adequately prepared to assist their patients to engage in effective self-care. In this paper, we provide an overview of self-care that includes definitions, the importance of self-care to outcomes, the physiologic basis for better outcomes with good self-care, cultural perspectives of self-care, and recommendations for the improvement of self-care. Promotion of effective self-care by all clinicians could substantially reduce the economic and personal burden of repeated rehospitalizations among patients with heart failure.

Copyright/Permission Statement

This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Current Cardiology Reports. The final authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11886-012-0267-9

Keywords

self-care, heart failure, outcomes, self-management

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Date Posted: 25 August 2018

This document has been peer reviewed.