Accession Number : ADA311497

Title :   Relationships Between Knowledge, Attitude and Frequency of Hospitalization in Heart Failure Patients.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s) : Erickson, Leslie D.

PDF Url : ADA311497

Report Date : 22 MAY 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 75

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to determine if relationships existed between levels of knowledge about heart failure, attitude towards adhering to prescribed medical care and frequency of hospitalization among heart failure patients. The study also tested the reliability and validity of the Shih Heart Failure Knowledge Test. The test was used to measure subjects knowledge about their illness. Selected assessment areas were signs and symptoms of heart failure, medications, exercise and dietary restrictions. The Miller Health Attitude Scale was used to measure subjects predicted adherence to prescribed medical care. Selected assessment areas were cardiac diet, medications, physical activity, stress reduction, and smoking. A convenience sample of 21 subjects was used. All subjects were pre-cardiac transplant heart failure patients being treated at a large Northwest medical center. Subjects received a packet containing the knowledge test, the attitude scale and a demographic data survey. Nine subjects were selected to was used. All subjects were pre-cardiac transplant heart failure patients being treated at a large Northwest medical center. Subjects received a packet containing the knowledge test, the attitude scale and a demographic data survey. Nine subjects were selected to repeat the knowledge test two weeks later. The data was used to test the reliability of the knowledge test. At the end of four months subjects returned a hospitalization self-report survey documenting the number of times they were hospitalized, length of stay for each hospitalization, and reason for admission. Data was confirmed using subjects medical records.

Descriptors :   *FAILURE, *SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS, *MEDICAL SERVICES, *HEART, *CARDIAC ARREST, STRESSES, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, PHYSICAL PROPERTIES, HEALTH, DEMOGRAPHY, REPORTS, MEDICINE, RELIABILITY, SURVEYS, PATIENTS, DIET, ATTITUDE(INCLINATION).

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology
      Medicine and Medical Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE