Illness representation of patients with systolic heart failure.

  title={Illness representation of patients with systolic heart failure.},
  author={Candace C Cherrington and Thomas N. Lawson and Karen B Clark},
  journal={Progress in cardiovascular nursing},
  volume={21 4},
Studies have shown that individuals influence their health outcomes, both positively and negatively, through their illness representation. To date, no studies describe the illness representation of persons with systolic heart failure, a significant contributor of morbidity and mortality in older adults. The purpose of this study was to describe illness representation in heart failure. Twenty-two subjects with New York Heart Association class II or III systolic heart failure were recruited at a… CONTINUE READING