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 4/9/12 - Research in the Area of Heart Failure Reported from Marquette University

"Up to half of heart failure (HF) patients are readmitted to hospitals within 6 months of discharge. Many readmissions are linked to inadequate self-care or family support," researchers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin report (see also Heart Failure).

"To improve care, practitioners may need to intervene with both the HF patient and family caregiver. Despite the recognition that family interventions improve patient outcomes, there is a lack of evidence to support dyadic interventions in HF. Thus, the purpose of this study was to test the Shared Care Dyadic Intervention (SCDI) designed to improve self-care in HF. The theoretical base of the SCDI was a construct called Shared Care. Shared Care represents a system of processes used in family care to exchange support. Key findings were as follows: the SCDI was acceptable to both care partners and the data supported improved shared care for both. For the patient, there were improvements in self-care," wrote M.D. Sebern and colleagues, Marquette University.

The researchers concluded: "For the caregivers, there were improvements in relationship quality and health."

Sebern and colleagues published their study in Western Journal of Nursing Research (Shared Care Dyadic Intervention: Outcome Patterns for Heart Failure Care Partners. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 2012;34(3):289-316).

For additional information, contact M.D. Sebern, Marquette University, Coll Nursing, Milwaukee, WI 53201, United States.

Publisher contact information for the Western Journal of Nursing Research is: Sage Publications Inc, 2455 Teller Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320, USA.

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