Self-care and patient education

Tiny Jaarsma, Loreena Hill, Ekaterini Lambrinou, Anna Stromberg, Tina Hansen

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Self-care is a vital part of the comprehensive management of heart failure. Self-care includes behaviours of patients and caregivers that aim to maintain stability, monitor changes in signs and symptoms, and respond to changes. Optimal self-care improves patient outcomes and can prevent deterioration and exacerbation. With a greater emphasis on self-care, the ability to participate in daily life requires knowledge as well as interpretation, skills, and action. All health-care providers have a responsibility to educate and support patients with heart failure and their caregivers. This chapter will explore a number of approaches to educating patients and caregivers, as well as the special considerations associated with health literacy. We also present a range of tools and resources that can be used in patient education. Furthermore, we describe the importance of including family members or other informal caregivers.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe ESC textbook of heart failure
EditorsPetar Seferovic, Andrew Coats, Gerasimos Filippatos, Johann Bauersachs, Giuseppe Rosano
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191996399
ISBN (Print)9780198891628
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameThe European Society of Cardiology Series
NameOxford Textbooks in Cardiology


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