The Importance Of A Family Intervention For Heart Failure Patients

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Extraneous variables are undesirable variables that influence the outcome of an experiment, though they are not the variables that are of actual interest (Grove, Burns, & Gray, 2013). Family influence could be an extraneous variable that would need to be addressed. Establishing a family intervention would control this extraneous variable. There are few family intervention studies for heart failure. Many patient education guidelines promote inclusion of family in teaching heart failure patients. The structure and nature of family relationships are important to mortality and morbidity. It is clear that those patients living alone are a vulnerable group to target. Isolation leads to depression, which could relate to poor self-care behaviors. Family interventions have shown to improve outcomes and lower patient hospital readmission (Dunbar, Clark, Quinn, Gary, & Kaslow, 2008).
A research instrument is a survey, questionnaire, test, scale, rating, or tool designed to measure variables, characteristics, or information of interest. Several factors should be considered before choosing an assessment instrument: the purpose of assessment, the type of assessment outcomes, resource availability, cost, methodology, the amount of time required, reliability, and the audience expectations (Bastos, et al., 2014). The Self-care Heart Failure Index (SCHFI) is the existing instrument that will be utilized in my research study. SCHFI measures 3 domains of self-care: self-care…
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