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Analysis and Synthesis of Chronic Heart Failure Research Studie

Analysis and Synthesis of Chronic Heart Failure Research Studies
Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a disease characterized by high mortality, readmission rates and a marked decrease in health-related quality of life. Psychological distress is common in patients with CHF and different psychological variables may have an impact on the prognosis in chronic heart failure patients. Chronic heart failure patients also need to be involved in their plan of health care in order to be able to manage their own disease at home. However, patients’ perspective on the role of their informal carers regarding information management process revealed how much they depend on their knowledge and support. The studies that I have chosen to compare and contrast in this paper will shed light onto both of these subjects in regard to chronic heart failure patients as well as inform about the various studies that pinpoint relevant data in regards to CHF. These studies are important because they help medical professionals in regard to providing the highest level of care to their CHF patients.

Quantitative Research Study
For the quantitative research study in this analysis, I examined the journal article entitled Predictors of readmission and health related quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure: a comparison of different psychosocial aspects. This research study’s purpose was to “investigate the differential prognostic impact of depression, anxiety, vital exhaustion, social support and type D personality on prognosis of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF)” (Volz, Schmid, Zwahlen, Kohls, Saner, Barth, 2011 p. 14). The research study sought to find evidence of psychological factors being predictors for readmission of chronic heart failure patients versus physical factors. This…...

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