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Table 3 Assessment and nursing intervention checklist for the HF patient in the EG

From: Feasibility and acceptability of a nursing intervention with family caregiver on self-care among heart failure patients: a randomized pilot trial

  First in-hospital (n = 16) After hospital discharge
1st week (n = 13) 2nd week (n = 14) 3rd week (n = 13)
Assessment (11 items)
Questions about perceived competence
 How do you assess your ability to manage your heart failure symptoms? 100 92 100 92
 What tells you that you have managed your heart failure well/badly? 94 85 93 85
Questions about autonomous motivation
 Describe your heart problem and the context of your first diagnosis. 100 8 0 0
 What are you doing to manage the symptoms of heart failure? 100 92 100 92
 Why are you doing this? 88 92 100 92
 In your opinion, what caused your hospitalization? 94 54 64 39
 How could you avoid another hospitalization, in your opinion? 88 69 71 62
Questions about relatedness
 What do you do when you need help? 100 100 100 100
 What kind of help do you need most? 100 92 57 62
 Does the help you receive correspond to your needs? 100 77 64 46
 Do you receive help that you feel is useless? What? 82 54 64 31
Intervention (9 items)
 Discuss the impact of heart failure on the patient’s life. 100 69 36 23
 Empathize with respect to the patient’s real-life limitations and complexity of his self-care practice. 93 85 86 100
 Provide information to the patient on potential benefits of performing self-care activities. 93 77 79 92
 Discuss actions taken by the patient towards his self-care practice. 100 100 100 100
 If the patient expresses interest in practicing self-care, congratulate him on his choice and discuss with him the measures it will take to achieve his self-care goals. 100 92 100 100
 If the patient expresses an interest in applying his self-care but stresses certain obstacles, suggest strategies. Example: In the case of thirst, sucking an ice cube instead of drinking water. 0 0 7 15
 If the patient expresses his disinterest in practicing self-care, express respect for his current position and request permission to return to the issue later. 0 0 0 0
 Discuss health behaviors successfully adopted (unique to heart failure or not) and provide positive reinforcement. 87 62 79 54
 Normalize failures and invite the patient to think about their cause. 93 92 86 54
  1. Data presented in percentage