Complexity in caring for an ageing heart failure population: concomitant chronic conditions and age related impairments
De Geest, Sabina × Steeman, Els Leventhal, Marcia E Mahrer-Imhof, Romy Hengartner-Kopp, Beatrice Conca, Antoinette Bernasconi, Arlette T Petry, Heidi Brunner-La Rocca, Hanspeter #
European journal of cardiovascular nursing vol:3 issue:4 pages:263-70
The complexity of caring for the ageing heart failure (HF) population is further complicated by concomitant chronic conditions (i.e., polypharmacy, depression), age related impairments (i.e., hearing, visual and cognitive impairments, impairments in activities of daily living (ADL/IADL), and other issues (e.g., health illiteracy, lack of social support). This paper provides an overview of these risk factors, outlines how they individually and in interplay endanger favourable outcome by putting patients at risk for poor self-management. Moreover, suggestions are made on how these issues could be addressed and integrated in heart failure management by applying gerontological care principles in caring for the ageing heart failure population.