Self-care confidence may be the key: A cross-sectional study on the association between cognition and self-care behaviors in adults with heart failure

Ercole Vellone, Roberta Fida, Fabio D'Agostino, Antonella Mottola, Raul Juarez-Vela, Rosaria Alvaro, Barbara Riegel

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Self-care, a key element of heart failure care, is challenging for patients with impaired cognition. Mechanisms through which cognitive impairment affects self-care are not currently well defined but evidence from other patient populations suggests that self-efficacy, or task-specific confidence, mediates the relationship between cognitive functioning and patient behaviors such as self-care.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1705-1713
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • Cognition
  • Cross-sectional studies
  • Heart failure
  • Medication adherence
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • Nursing theory
  • Self care
  • Self efficacy

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