Self care behavior in patients with heart failure in Taiwan

Heng Hsin Tung*, Shu Ching Chen, Wei Hsian Yin, Ching Hui Cheng, Tsae Jyy Wang, Shu Fang Wu

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Objective: The aim of this study was to describe the self-care behaviors and associated demographic factors affecting such behaviors in the heart failure population in Taiwan. Methods: A descriptive, cross-sectional, correlational design was used in this study and 86 heart failure patients were sampled by convenience sampling. Demographic questionnaire and Self-Care of Heart Failure Index, V. 6 were used to collect these data. Descriptive statistic, correlation coefficient and multiple regression were used to analyze the data. Results: The result indicated a low level of self-care maintenance and management although self-care confidence was adequate. Patients who were married had better self-care maintenance and self-care confidence than those who were single. Self-care confidence was a determinant of self-care maintenance. Conclusion: This study provided detailed information on self-care behavior status in heart failure patients in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-182
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012


  • Heart failure
  • Self care behavior
  • Self care confidence
  • Self care maintenance
  • Self care management


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