Role of self-care in the patient with heart failure

Debra K. Moser, Victoria Dickson, Tiny Jaarsma, Christopher Lee, Anna Stromberg, Barbara Riegel

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Optimal outcomes and quality of life for patients with heart failure depend on engagement in effective self-care activities. Self-care is a complex set of activities and most clinicians are not adequately prepared to assist their patients to engage in effective self-care. In this paper, we provide an overview of self-care that includes definitions, the importance of self-care to outcomes, the physiologic basis for better outcomes with good self-care, cultural perspectives of self-care, and recommendations for the improvement of self-care. Promotion of effective self-care by all clinicians could substantially reduce the economic and personal burden of repeated rehospitalizations among patients with heart failure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-275
Number of pages11
JournalCurrent Cardiology Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Disclosure Conflicts of interest: D.K. Moser: has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); V. Dickson: none; T. Jaarsma: none; C. Lee: is employed by Oregon Health & Science University; and has received grant support from NIH/NINR, American Heart Association, and NIH/ORWH; A. Stromberg: none; B. Riegel: has received grant support from the NHLBI.


  • Heart failure
  • Outcomes
  • Self-care
  • Self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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