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The Effect of Telemonitoring at Home on Quality of Life and Self-Care Behaviors of Patients with Heart Failure

Hoban, Mary Beth MSN, RN; Fedor, Martha RN, CRRN; Reeder, Sara PhD, RN; Chernick, Michael PhD

doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e318291fd56
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Heart failure (HF) is a costly chronic disease that affects 5.7 million people in the United States. Home healthcare agencies are implementing initiatives to reduce hospitalizations and manage HF patients at home. In this study, telemonitoring improved patients' perception of their quality of life and assisted them to sustain critical self-care behaviors. Patients who were monitored had fewer hospitalizations but telemonitoring was not statistically significant in lowering hospitalizations.

Mary Beth Hoban, MSN, RN, is a Staff Development Educator, the Home Care Network, Main Line Health, Jefferson University Hospitals, Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Martha Fedor, RN, CRRN, is a Telemonitor Nurse Coordinator, the Home Care Network, Main Line Health, Jefferson University Hospitals, Radnor, Pennsylvania.

Sara Reeder, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor, Villanova University College of Nursing, Nurse Researcher, Main Line Health, Villanova, Pennsylvania.

Michael Chernick, PhD, is the Director of Biostatistical Services, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Address for correspondence: Mary Beth Hoban, MSN, RN, Staff Development Specialist, the Home Care Network, Main Line Health, Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, 240 Radnor Chester Rd., Radnor, PA 19087 (hobanm@mlhs.org).

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