What is it about?

Nurses need to provide health education to heart failure patients to perform their self-care especially after the patient was discharged home. This education information was important for patients to improve their quality of life and reduce the rate of readmission. However, the extent and depth of information possessed by the nurses was uncertain and needed to be investigated.

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Why is it important?

This is a systematic review article that included thorough search and review of the quality of studies. This article was providing an insight to the nursing educator or nursing practitioners about the depth of nurses' understanding in regards to heart failure patient's self-care education topics.

Perspectives

I hope this article makes people focus back on the nurses' information needs prior to providing health education to heart failure patients. Treating and caring for heart failure patients is a complex and challenging mission as the disease rapidly changes and affects the patient's life extremely. The decision to open up nurse-led heart failure clinics and follow-up patients without nursing expertise in the content would not be sustainable and effective. I hope this article could give some insight information to all the nursing leaders and nurse practitioners globally.

Suh Yenn Chi
Training Institute of Ministry of Health, Sungai Buloh, Selangor, Malaysia

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This page is a summary of: Nurses' knowledge of heart failure self‐care education: A systematic review, Nursing in Critical Care, February 2022, Wiley, DOI: 10.1111/nicc.12758.
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