Heart failure - what does it mean to me?

Supervisor - Dr Karen Smith

Heart failure is a common, disabling condition associated with high levels of morbidity and mortality.  We know from clinical practice that people often do not understand what heart failure is or its implications for them as individuals.  Within other cardiovascular conditions (e.g. myocardial infarction and angina) misconceptions about the patients’ cardiac condition have been shown to have a negative effect on rehabilitation and recovery. 

Our current understanding of heart failure patients’ perceptions of ‘heart failure’ and its impact on their daily lives is limited.

A potential PhD study could explore patients’ perceptions and understanding of their condition and perhaps develop a practical clinical assessment tool to be used by clinical staff to identify any misconceptions and allow appropriate intervention and support to be provided.  

Dr Karen Smith