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Parallel Paths to Improve Heart Failure Outcomes: Evidence Matters

Author(s): Nancy M. Albert, RN, PhD, CCNS, CHFN, CCRN, NE-BC

Contact Hours: 1.25

CERP A: 1.25

Expires Jul 01, 2017

Topics: CardiovascularEducation

Population: Adult

Role: Manager

Fee
Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Gaps and disparities in delivery of heart failure education by nurses and performance in accomplishing self-care behaviors by patients with advanced heart failure may be factors in clinical decompensation and unplanned consumption of health care. Is nurse-led education effectively delivered before hospital discharge? Nurse leaders must understand the strength of nurses’ knowledge base related to self-care principles and important barriers to best practice. Nurses may not be comfortable teaching patients about dry weight, meal planning, heart failure medications, or progressive steps of activity and exercise. Further, clinical nurses may not have time.

Objectives

  • Explain the concept of “parallel paths” as it relates to improving outcomes in patients with heart failure.
  • Describe the relationship between patients’ beliefs about their ability to control heart failure and their adherence to self-care behaviors.
  • Discuss barriers to delivery of effective heart failure education for patients with advanced heart failure and ideas for improving patients' accuracy of illness beliefs and their adherence to guideline-recommended heart failure self-care behaviors.

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Successful Completion

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