Living with heart failure: Perspectives of patients from Singapore


Journal Article

© The Author(s) 2015. Introduction: Heart failure is a progressive and often incurable condition associated with a poor quality of life. The aim of this study was to understand the experiences and preferences regarding care, communication and decision-making among patients living with heart failure in Singapore. Methods: Five focus groups were conducted with 27 patients that had heart failure. The focus groups were audio-recorded and transcribed verbatim. Thematic analysis was used for analyzing transcripts. Results: Six themes representing the experiences of patients with heart failure were identified. These were: 1) physical and psychological symptoms; 2) financial concerns; 3) uncertainty and lack of knowledge about disease; 4) difficulties in navigating the healthcare system; 5) end-of-life care concerns; and 6) fear of burdening family. Conclusion: The study highlights that health care services for patients with heart failure need to address the multifaceted impacts of the disease on patient’s lives. A focus on the provision of comprehensive health care services at the primary care level, training of health care providers in communication skills, involving patients and their families in decision making, and discussions about end-of-life care preferences and goals of care may help to improve care for patients with heart failure.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Malhotra, C; Cheng Sim Wong, G; Tan, BC; Ng, CSH; Lee, NC; Lau, CSL; Sim, DKL; Finkelstein, EA

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 92 - 97

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2059-2329

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2010-1058

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/2010105815624121

Citation Source

  • Scopus