Background: Limited research has examined the specific approach, mode of delivery, and dose of educational interventions. Yet such knowledge is essential to develop effective heart failure educational interventions.
Aims and methods: The intent of this systematic review was to determine what approach, mode, and dose is most effective in producing changes in heart failure patient education. The sample included 69 studies involving 1865 study participants.
Results: Findings indicate the most effective means for delivery heart failure patient education is through the individualization of content, the use of combined mediums for delivery, provision of education on a one-on-one basis, and in multiple sessions.
Conclusion: These results highlight the need to redesign current heart failure patient education initiatives to enhance patient outcomes.
Fredericks, S., Beanlands, H., Spalding, K., & Da Silva, M. (2010). Effects of the characteristics of teaching on the outcomes of heart failure patient education interventions: a systematic review. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 9(1), 30-37.