Essay about Analysis and Synthesis of Chronic Heart Failure

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Analysis and Synthesis of Chronic Heart Failure Research Studie

Analysis and Synthesis of Chronic Heart Failure Research Studies
Background
Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a disease characterized by high mortality, readmission rates and a marked decrease in health-related quality of life. Psychological distress is common in patients with CHF and different psychological variables may have an impact on the prognosis in chronic heart failure patients. Chronic heart failure patients also need to be involved in their plan of health care in order to be able to manage their own disease at home. However, patients’ perspective on the role of their informal carers regarding information management process revealed how much they depend on their
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Design and Methodology The sampling in the study included one hundred eleven patients with chronic systolic and diastolic heart failure between August 2004 and April 2008 at the University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland in the Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Unit. The sampling design is quantitative because the research was based on a focused amount of numerical data and the random selection of participants was sampled in order to generalize results of the general population. It was non-experimental because it examines a phenomenon without manipulating any individual variables. The study was carried out in this manner (Volz et al 2011 p.14-16): * A specific set of criteria was outlined for the study * A time period for the collected data was set * Patients from s specific health care facility were sent letters informing them of the study * Living and consenting patients received a questionnaire assessing health-related quality of life * If patients did not return the questionnaire within 2 weeks, follow-up reminder calls were placed * Data was reviewed by researchers using the German version of the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire * The data was then analyzed using SPSS and STATA * The Cox Hazard Regression was also applied

Population, Sample and Sampling Technique The population for this study includes chronic heart patients and uses convenience sampling as its sampling method. Convenience sampling is

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