Patient Preferences for the Delivery of Disease Management in Chronic Heart Failure: A Qualitative Study

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Title Patient Preferences for the Delivery of Disease Management in Chronic Heart Failure: A Qualitative Study
Author Whitty, Jennifer Anne; Carrington, Melinda J.; Stewart, Simon; Holliday, Julie; Marwick, Thomas H.; Scuffham, Paul Anthony
Journal Name Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Year Published 2012
Place of publication Unites States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Abstract Background and Research Objective: Chronic heart failure (CHF) management programs (CHF-MPs) are applied in different ways including via face-to-face settings. However, we know little about consumer preferences when applying CHF-MPs via a patient’s home or specialist hospital clinic. The aim of this pilot study was to explore CHF-MP characteristics that are considered desirable by patients with CHF. Subject and Methods: Semistructured interviews with a purposive sample of 12 CHF patients. Results: Participants had a mean age of 61 (SD, 17) years, 3 were female, and the majority was of white background. Most were assessed as either functional New York Heart Association class III (n = 3) or IV (n = 6). Home- and clinic-based CHF-MPs were preferred by 5 and 7 participants, respectively. Key themes around patient preferences related to practical aspects of program delivery and social and peer support, as well as health-related benefits that translate to traditional outcomes in program evaluations. Participants identified transport, cost, and ill health as barriers to attending a clinic-based program. However, they also highlighted benefits (eg, the ability to share experiences with other patients) that may be difficult to provide with a home-based service unless specifically organized. Conclusions: These preliminary data suggest that patients value aspects of a program beyond those directly related to health outcomes. They also recognize a need for flexibility in program delivery, with potential preferences for home- or clinic-based programs depending largely on individual patient circumstances. More definitive studies are required to explore how best to cater for individual preferences while optimizing health outcomes. KEY WORDS: heart failure, management program,
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI
Volume 27
Issue Number 3
Page from 201
Page to 207
ISSN 0889-4655
Date Accessioned 2012-05-25; 2012-09-21T04:19:02Z
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Medical and Health Sciences
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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