WHDL - 00009636
WHDL - 00009636
Heart failure continues to be an increasing health-related problem that profoundly affects the elderly population of the United States. Due to the increasing comorbidities of the elderly, lack of social support and educational needs, healthcare organizations and providers experience increased financial burdens. The complexity of heart failure and exacerbation of symptoms continues with frequent hospital readmissions. The purpose of this study is to assess health literacy and self-management of heart failure patients. Further investigations are needed to explain heart failure reoccurrence and poor symptom management. Patients’ health literacy will be assessed utilizing several screening tools to gain a deeper understanding of patients’ educational level and reading ability. Resources will be provided to the patients and their caregivers on self-management of heart failure. The design of this proposed project is a prospective descriptive study that will assess health literacy and knowledge of self-care and symptom management for patients with heart failure. Data will be collected using a demographic instrument, the Newest Vital Sign, and a health literacy screening instrument. A paired t-test will be used to examine any statistically significant findings with heart failure readmission and heart failure symptom tracker instrument. Improving health literacy and symptom management in patients with heart failure could decrease hospital readmissions and help reduce mortality.
This collection consists of theses for the Master of Science in Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University, completed between 2012 and 2016 when the program included a thesis requirement. These items were provided to the library by their authors with the permission required to make them freely available for access. These works remain the intellectual property of their authors.