Congestive Heart Failure Summary

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Staples & Earle (2008) used a phenomenology research design, where they used a convenience sample of CHF patients to determine effective technologies for monitoring patients with heart failure admissions and mortality. The effectiveness of CHF patients through the use of telephonic assessments and interventions was implemented. Congestive Heart Failure study participants (n=591) were managed by a team of registered nurses and nurse practitioners. Data was collected using a telephone log and appropriate medical protocols were provided. Data was analyzed; determining frequency of calls, level of care required and scope of practice needed to ensure proper care of the patients. Calls were analyzed within the standard GRASP® MIStro® DataWorks analysis program (Staples & Earle, 2007). Unfortunately, the study did not capture patient outcomes, breathing statuses, vital signs, or clinical progress.

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