Study of the self-care agency in patients with heart failure
Journal of Critical Care Nursing : September 30, 2011,
4 (4); e7108
October 30, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
August 29, 2016
May 12, 2011
N , Mohammadnejad
E , Namadi Vosooghi
M , Akbari Kagi
M , Abootalebi Daryasari
G. et al. Study of the self-care agency in patients with heart failure,
Crit Care Nurs J.
Aims: patients who take self-care responsibility have been reported to be in less or no need of drug interventions. In this
line, the present study was implemented to determine the self-care ability among patients with heart failure.
Methods: The present descriptive cross-sectional study has been carried out on 72 patients with heart failure and at
least 18 years of age admitted to Imam Khomeini hospital of Ardebil within the time interval of late May to late July,
2010. Data were collected by the European questionnaire of self-care behaviors and were analyzed by SPSS 17 statistical
software and descriptive-statistical tests.
Results: Self-care ability with the average of 41.18 (±6.26) was found to be in a moderate level. Statistical analysis
showed significant relationship between heart failure, age, marital status, education, history of training, monthly
income, development of other chronic disorders and profession with self-care agency (p<0.05), and no significant
correlation has been found between the place of residence and gender with self-care ability (p> 0.05).
Conclusion: The results indicated moderate self-care ability among the study participants which is affected by basic
influential factors including the level of patients' health. Therefore, nurses are required to identify help-seekers' need
while performing nursing interventions and investigating self-care behaviors and design and implement planned training
to promote self-care ability among patients.
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