Rebecca S Sloan

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BACKGROUND Family caregivers of patients with heart failure report high stress, burden, and poor emotional and physical health, but less is known about predictors of health among these caregivers. OBJECTIVES To determine predictors of family caregiving outcomes among caregivers of patients with heart failure and to identify the tasks reported as most(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with heart failure (HF) have been found to have cognitive deficits, but it remains unclear whether these deficits are associated with HF or with aging or comorbid conditions common in HF. OBJECTIVES : The purpose of this study was (a) to determine the types, the frequency, and the severity of cognitive deficits among patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic heart failure (HF) have cognitive deficits in memory, psychomotor speed, and executive function and poor health-related quality of life (HRQL), but the association between cognitive deficits and HRQL is unknown. OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were to (1) evaluate the relationship between HF severity, age,(More)
BACKGROUND The family caregivers of patients with heart failure (HF) report burden and poor quality of life, but little is known about changes in their perceptions over time. OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were (1) to evaluate changes in caregiver burden (perceived time spent and difficulty with caregiving tasks), perceived control, depressive(More)
BACKGROUND Depressive symptoms are common in patients with heart failure, but few investigators have reported the validity and reliability of measures of depressive symptoms among these patients. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the validity and reliability of a measure of depressive symptoms, the Patient Health Questionnaire-8 (PHQ-8), among 249 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with chronic heart failure (HF) have impairment in memory, psychomotor speed, and executive function. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to describe how individuals with HF and cognitive deficits manage self-care in their daily lives. METHODS Using an interpretive phenomenology method, HF patients completed unstructured face-to-face(More)
PURPOSE To elucidate the experience of fathers living with a colicky infant. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS Interpretive phenomenology using in-depth interviews with 10 fathers of colicky infants. Reiterative interview reading, repeated meaning unit sorting, going back to the literature, and discussions gave way to emerging themes. FINDINGS The overall(More)
To further understand the complex patient-nurse relationships surrounding end stage renal disease. Thorne and Robinson's (1987: 1988a, 1988b) framework of guarded alliance was found to be most useful. In this study, we interviewed five patients regarding their perceptions of the patient-nurse relationships they had experienced while receiving hemodialysis(More)