Heart failure self- care education at Parkland Community Oriented Health Care

Study ID
STU 112013-067

Cancer Related

Healthy Volunteers

Study Sites

  • Parkland Health & Hospital System

Rani Varghese

Principal Investigator
Rani Varghese


The Heart failure self- care education is a pretest and posttest design. The class will approximately take forty five minutes and it will be given in a class room at SeDHC. a hand out will be provided based on the learning objectives. Patients will be given an opportunity for to ask questions.
a pretest was developed based on the objectives to assess the patient heart failure knowledge. The pretest is a multiple choice test that focuses on essential information that will be provided during the education session, and takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. items on the pre -test were derived from the following resources: the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire (MLHFQ), Self-Care of Heart Failure index ( SCHFi) and atlanta Heart Failure Knowledge Test (a-HFKT). The MLHFQ is used to measure the physical, emotional, social and mental magnitude of patient's treatment or educational benefits. The Self -Care of Heart Failure index helps patients with decision making processes involving the choice of behaviors that maintain physiologic stability and the symptoms management as it occurs. The atlanta Heart Failure Knowledge test (a-HFKT) assesses patient knowledge in relation to HF self-care and assesses patient understanding of adherence to sodium restriction and healthcare utilization behavior.
The educational module was reviewed by a panel of experts including nurse Practitioner are currently directly providing care to a similar population in a large HF clinics in Dallas County (uTSW Heart and lung clinic), academic faculty from the university of Texas arlington and providers from Parkland Health and Hospital System. at the end of the education session, the same test used for the pretest will be used to determine immediate recall of information provided. Demographic data will also be collecting, including medical records, age, gender and the existing medical problems, nYHa Class and pretest and post test scores

Participant Eligibility

HF patients with other comorbid conditions such hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and COPD will be included for the project.