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ERIC Number: EJ924456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1558-6898
How Do Cognitive Function and Knowledge Affect Heart Failure Self-Care?
Dickson, Victoria Vaughan; Lee, Christopher S.; Riegel, Barbara
Journal of Mixed Methods Research, v5 n2 p167-189 Apr 2011
Despite extensive patient education, few heart failure (HF) patients master self-care. Impaired cognitive function may explain why patient education is ineffective. A concurrent triangulation mixed methods design was used to explore how knowledge and cognitive function influence HF self-care. A total of 41 adults with HF participated in interviews about self-care and completed standardized instruments measuring knowledge, cognitive function, and self-care. Content analysis uncovered themes suggesting that lack of understanding, not lack of knowledge, contributes to poor self-care. Linear regression tested the relative influence of knowledge and cognitive function on self-care. Cognitive function was a stronger determinant of self-care than knowledge. Poorer cognitive function was related to better self-care and explained in part by mixed methodology and the qualitative narratives. (Contains 7 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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