Improving outcomes for older adults with heart failure: a randomized trial using a theory-guided nursing intervention

J Nurs Care Qual. 2010 Jan-Mar;25(1):56-64. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0b013e3181ad0fbd.


Newly discharged older adults with heart failure continue to experience frequent hospital readmissions, lower quality of life, and decreased satisfaction with health services. A theory-guided intervention delivered by home health nurses via the telephone was studied using a randomized controlled trial to assess its feasibility and inform further studies. Findings generated a profile of older adults with heart failure, utilization by patients and nurses, operational issues, and preliminary data on intended outcomes. Implications for further study are presented.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Community Health Nursing / methods*
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / nursing*
  • Heart Failure / therapy
  • Home Care Agencies*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Nursing Theory*
  • Patient Discharge*
  • Patient Readmission
  • Telephone
  • Treatment Outcome