Background: Nurse researchers are exploring new ways of understanding heart failure (HF), spousal/partner dyad's self care. Aims: To assess the response to a new instrument developed to measure dyadic HF care type in HF patients and spousal/ partner caregivers and explore relationships between type and other variables. Methods: Dyads answered a written criterion referenced question related to dyadic HF care type. The relationships between the dyadic care type and sociodemographic and clinical variables were explored using ÷ 2, coefficient. Degree of agreement within the dyad on particular type was assessed by kappa statistic. Results: A total of 19 dyads were accrued. Patients were aged 71.7±9.7 years (mean±SD), male (n=15), and NYHA Class IIIB/IV (79%). Caregivers were aged 69.2±11.7 years, female (n=15), married for 45.2±14.1 years. HF patient and caregiver dyads were easily able to self select a dyadic type given specific criteria. Agreements ranged from 21% to 5%, by type, resulting in a kappa of 0.28 (p = 0.025) when patient self reported type was compared to their caregiver's type. Conclusions: Now that we are able to measure types of dyadic HF care, understanding how dyadic care type relates to self care outcomes is needed to advance the science.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Advanced and Specialized Nursing