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Knowledge and communication difficulties for patients with chronic heart failure: qualitative study.

Authors
  • Rogers, A E
  • Addington-Hall, J M
  • Abery, A J
  • McCoy, A S
  • Bulpitt, C
  • Coats, A J
  • Gibbs, J S
Type
Published Article
Journal
BMJ (Clinical research ed.)
Publication Date
Sep 09, 2000
Volume
321
Issue
7261
Pages
605–607
Identifiers
PMID: 10977838
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Good communication requires the ability both to listen and to impart relevant information. Effective and better ways of communicating with patients with chronic heart failure need to be tested. Disease specific barriers to effective communication, such as short term memory loss, confusion, and fatigue should be addressed. Strategies to help patients ask questions, including those related to prognosis, should be developed.

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