Helen ParkeFollow

Publication Date

Summer 8-30-2017

Document Type

Scholarly Project


Family Practice Nursing | Nursing


Heart failure is a high mortality, chronic disease that is economically and physiologically costly for patients, caregivers, and society. Heart failure teaching alone is insufficient in meeting the complex self-care needs of the heart failure patient. This project implemented evidence-based teaching methods that are skill-based and problem-solving based to educate heart failure patients in an outpatient setting. The theoretical foundation of this project was Bandura’s theory of self-efficacy and Orem’s theory of self-care. The level of self-care and self-efficacy was assessed before and after the multi-sensory teaching intervention. Self-care and self-efficacy have been studied and shown to be major components of improved clinical outcomes in heart failure patients. This project assessed the impact of the chosen evidence-based teaching methods on patient self-care and self-efficacy behaviors.