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Palliative care proven effective in enhancing quality of life for patients with chronic heart failure

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The integration of palliative care in the treatment of patients experiencing chronic heart failure has been demonstrated to have a significant and positive impact, according to a study that found patients with CHF receiving palliative care, in addition to conventional care, exhibited improvements in their physical and mental well-being, coping styles, and overall quality of life. The single-center randomized controlled clinical trial enrolled a total of 103 participants, divided into a study group (n = 54) and a control group (n = 49). The control group received conventional care, while the study group received a combination of conventional care and palliative interventions.

Following the intervention, the study group exhibited a significantly higher positive coping style score compared to the control group, coupled with a lower negative coping style score (P < 0.05). Notably, anxiety and depression scores, measured using the Beck Anxiety Inventory and Beck Depression Inventory-II, decreased in both groups post-intervention, with the study group registering lower scores than their counterparts in the control group (P < 0.05).

The Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire scores demonstrated a decrease in both groups after the intervention, with the study group again reporting lower scores than the control group (P < 0.05). The research group also expressed higher nursing satisfaction at an impressive rate of 94.44%, in contrast to the control group’s satisfaction rate of 81.63% (P < 0.05).

Reference
Liu Y, Tao L, Liu M, et al. The impact of palliative care on the physical and mental status and quality of life of patients with chronic heart failure: A randomized controlled trial. Medicine (Baltimore). 2023;102(50):e36607. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000036607. PMID: 38115251.

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