May 12, 2011

Impact of telehealth on patient self-management of heart failure: a review of literature

The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Kavita Radhakrishnan, Cynthia Jacelon


The objective of the study was to explore the impact of telehealth interventions on individuals' self-care of heart failure (HF). Heart failure is a chronic illness that requires a complex treatment regimen over a long period. Historically, effective self-care has been difficult for this population. There is a need for innovative and effective approaches to improve individual self-care. Telehealth can potentially help individuals with HF follow the plan of care resulting in improved health outcomes and a better quality of life. A comprehensive computer-assisted literature search using the terms "(telemedicine OR telehealth) AND (self-care OR self-management) AND (heart failure)" was conducted using electronic databases of ASP, CINAHL, Cochrane reviews, ERIC, PubMed, PsychINFO, Social Sciences Abstracts Index, and Web of Science for studies published between 2000 and 2010 to find research that met the inclusion criteria. Fourteen studies were included in the review. Telehealth resulted in significant improvement of HF self-care behaviors of daily weighing, medication management, exercise adherence, fluid and alcohol restriction, salt restriction, or stress reduction in the telehealth intervention group in 5 studies. Participants...Continue Reading

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Chronic Disease
Health Outcomes
Weighing Patient
Self Care Outcome
Myocardial Failure
Adherence (Attribute)
Congestive Heart Failure
Heart Failure

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