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dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Dale Mayeren
dc.contributor.authorOstermiller, Janice Lynn.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-01-03T16:12:42Z
dc.date.available2016-01-03T16:12:42Z
dc.date.issued2014en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/9134
dc.description.abstractThe purpose of this study was to examine the accuracy of illness beliefs of individuals diagnosed with heart failure (HF) in the rural states of Montana and Wyoming. In 2012, 2.4% of the United States population had a diagnosis of HF and this was expected to increase to nearly three percent of the total population by 2030. Accurate heart failure beliefs have been linked to engagement in recommended self-care behaviors leading to better health outcomes. This study used a descriptive design to analyze illness beliefs of Montana and Wyoming residents living with HF. A convenience sample of 50 individuals was recruited from a 300-bed acute care hospital located in Montana. Each participant completed the Survey of Illness Beliefs in HF Instrument, a 14-item survey that measures the accuracy of HF beliefs. The overall sample had inaccurate HF illness beliefs. Rural participants had less accurate heart failure illness beliefs when compared to non-rural participants. Further research is necessary to determine predictors of inaccurate HF beliefs. Nursing interventions targeted at rural dwellers may help to improve the accuracy of illness beliefs.en
dc.language.isoengen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Nursingen
dc.subject.lcshHeart failure Patients.en
dc.subject.lcshPatients Attitudes.en
dc.subject.lcshRural health.en
dc.titleThe accuracy of heart failure beliefs in rural Montana and Wyomingen
dc.typeThesisen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2014 by Janice Lynn Ostermiller.en
thesis.catalog.ckey2752921en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Dale Mayer (chairperson); Rebecca Echeverri; April Luft.en
thesis.degree.departmentNursing.en
thesis.degree.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.nameM Nursingen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage56en


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