Changing needs of heart failure patients and their families during the illness trajectory: a challenge for health care

Marie Louise Luttik, Tiny Jaarsma, Anna Strömberg

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Abstract

The author reflects on the need for a comprehensive assessment of the structure and quality of the family or social network given that relationships are affected after the diagnosis of a cardiovascular disease. He points out that families may experience changing needs for support during the disease trajectory and emotional support may be necessary to cope with changing roles. He advocates for a family-oriented approach for patients with heart failure and their families.

Keywords

  • heart failures

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