Development and testing of a caring-based intervention for older adults with heart failure

J Cardiovasc Nurs. Sep-Oct 2005;20(5):325-33. doi: 10.1097/00005082-200509000-00006.


The clinical and cost burdens of heart failure (HF) continue to rise, creating an immediate need for cost-effective interventions geared toward improving health outcomes. This article describes the development and testing of a caring-based nursing intervention for older adults with advanced HF who have been recently discharged from acute care. The developmental process and components of the intervention are presented. A methodology for testing the intervention is also introduced. Through a phased development process including research, this intervention can be refined and used to guide clinicians, administrators, and policymakers in the provision of high-quality care to older adults with HF.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Community Health Nursing / organization & administration*
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Counseling / organization & administration
  • Empathy*
  • Geriatric Nursing / organization & administration
  • Heart Failure / epidemiology
  • Heart Failure / nursing*
  • Heart Failure / psychology
  • Home Care Services / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Models, Nursing
  • Models, Psychological
  • Nurse's Role
  • Nurse-Patient Relations*
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Telephone*