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Are Older Adults with Heart Failure Self-Care Aware?

December 6, 2019

Heart failure (HF) affects at least 5.7 million people in the United States alone and requires a strict self-care regimen to avoid hospitalizations. Patients with HF have high readmission rates, high medical costs, and many experience a poor quality of life. But what if patients with HF do not understand or are not capable of carrying out the recommended HF “self-care regimen”? Subjective questionnaires are often used to assess HF symptoms and self-care behaviors but may not accurately depict a patient’s functional capabilities. The FRAIL-HF study attempted to objectively evaluate patients’ ability to perform HF self-care tasks and correlate self-care ability with readmissions rates and one-year mortality.

Guest Authors: Holly Porras, PharmD and Emily Prohaska, PharmD, BCACP, BCGP

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