Nurse-Led Collaborative Management Using Telemonitoring Improves Quality of Life and Prevention of Rehospitalization in Patients with Heart Failure.

This study evaluated whether CM improved psychosocial status and prevented rehospitalization in patients with HF in comparison with self-management education (SM), and usual care (UC).We randomly allocated 59 patients into 3 groups; UC (n = 19), SM (n = 20), and CM (n = 20). The UC group received one patient education session, and the SM and CM groups participated in disease management programs for 12 months. The CM group received telemonitoring concurrently. All groups were followed up for another 12 months. Data were collected at baseline and at 6, 12, 18, and 24 months.The primary endpoint was quality of life (QOL). Secondary endpoints included self-efficacy, self-care, and incidence of rehospitalization. The QOL score improved in CM compared to UC at 18 and 24 months (P
Source: International Heart Journal - Category: Cardiology Tags: Int Heart J Source Type: research

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Source: Herz - Category: Cardiology Tags: Herz Source Type: research
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Source: Current Cardiology Reviews - Category: Cardiology Tags: Curr Cardiol Rev Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Assoc Physicians India Source Type: research
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Source: IJC Heart and Vasculature - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Canadian Journal of Cardiology - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
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Source: Cardiology in Review - Category: Cardiology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Cardiology in Review - Category: Cardiology Tags: Review Articles Source Type: research
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Source: Cardiology in Review - Category: Cardiology Tags: Erratum Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Medical Economics - Category: Health Management Tags: J Med Econ Source Type: research
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Source: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Expert Opin Drug Saf Source Type: research
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