A Closer Look at Compliance Research in Heart Failure Patients in the Last Decade
Version of Record online: 24 OCT 2008
© 2000 by CHF, Inc.
Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing
Volume 15, Issue 3, pages 97–103, June 2000
How to Cite
Evangelista, L. S. and Dracup, K. (2000), A Closer Look at Compliance Research in Heart Failure Patients in the Last Decade. Progress in Cardiovascular Nursing, 15: 97–103. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-7117.2000.tb00212.x
- Issue online: 24 OCT 2008
- Version of Record online: 24 OCT 2008
- Manuscript received August 23, 1999; accepted January 19, 2000
Compliance with a complex healthcare regimen is required of most patients with heart failure. Noncompliance with even some aspects of the recommended treatment can lead to repeated and preventable hospitalizations, or even death. This paper reviews the extent of noncompliance for general health-seeking behavior and recommended lifestyle modifications in the general population, as well as the research on compliance conducted specifically in patients with heart failure. Research findings are reviewed in three areas: the extent and predictors of compliance, the relationship of compliance and clinical outcomes, and interventions designed to increase compliance in heart failure patients. Based on research findings to date, strategies to enhance compliance are offered.