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“The Weak Heart” as an educational model for patients hospitalised due to decompensation of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction

Jolanta Kolasa, Izabella Uchmanowicz, Marta Wleklik, Magdalena Lisiak, Małgorzata Lelonek, Agnieszka Pawlak, Marcin Grabowski, Ewa A. Jankowska, Jadwiga Nessler
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Folia Cardiologica 2020;15(2):99-106.

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Vol 15, No 2 (2020)
Original Papers
Published online: 2020-03-28

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Introduction. Kompleksowa opieka nad chorymi z niewydolnością serca (KONS) is the name of a Polish programme for the coordinated care for patients with heart failure that has been proposed as a complex heart failure management solution based on European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Heart Failure recommendations. The challenge is that there are currently no available systemic solutions for educating these patients. Our project aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot model of education and telemonitoring known as ‘The Weak Heart’ for patients hospitalised due to decompensation of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Materials and methods. ‘The Weak Heart’ educational model consists of three phases: phase I — training and certification of nurses to perform the role of heart failure nurse specialists; phase II — checking the effectiveness of the model in a clinical setting; and phase III — implementation of patient education standards in cardiac centres. Data collected will be used to evaluate the impact of the programme on patients’ understanding regarding heart failure, their compliance with recommendations, and their pro-health behaviours in terms of self-care and self-control. Conclusion. The Weak Heart’ programme will allow conclusions to be drawn concerning the usefulness and effectiveness of the first targeted heart failure-based patient educational model in Poland. Positive results in this pilot project could become the basis for implementing systemic changes, and introducing the model into everyday clinical practice.

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Introduction. Kompleksowa opieka nad chorymi z niewydolnością serca (KONS) is the name of a Polish programme for the coordinated care for patients with heart failure that has been proposed as a complex heart failure management solution based on European Society of Cardiology (ESC) Heart Failure recommendations. The challenge is that there are currently no available systemic solutions for educating these patients. Our project aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot model of education and telemonitoring known as ‘The Weak Heart’ for patients hospitalised due to decompensation of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Materials and methods. ‘The Weak Heart’ educational model consists of three phases: phase I — training and certification of nurses to perform the role of heart failure nurse specialists; phase II — checking the effectiveness of the model in a clinical setting; and phase III — implementation of patient education standards in cardiac centres. Data collected will be used to evaluate the impact of the programme on patients’ understanding regarding heart failure, their compliance with recommendations, and their pro-health behaviours in terms of self-care and self-control. Conclusion. The Weak Heart’ programme will allow conclusions to be drawn concerning the usefulness and effectiveness of the first targeted heart failure-based patient educational model in Poland. Positive results in this pilot project could become the basis for implementing systemic changes, and introducing the model into everyday clinical practice.
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cardiology, disease management, educational model, heart failure, self-care

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Title

“The Weak Heart” as an educational model for patients hospitalised due to decompensation of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction

Journal

Folia Cardiologica

Issue

Vol 15, No 2 (2020)

Pages

99-106

Published online

2020-03-28

DOI

10.5603/FC.a2020.0014

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Folia Cardiologica 2020;15(2):99-106.

Keywords

cardiology
disease management
educational model
heart failure
self-care

Authors

Jolanta Kolasa
Izabella Uchmanowicz
Marta Wleklik
Magdalena Lisiak
Małgorzata Lelonek
Agnieszka Pawlak
Marcin Grabowski
Ewa A. Jankowska
Jadwiga Nessler

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