Family Health of Patients With Heart Failure and Their Family Members Before and During the First COVID-19 Lockdown

Mahdi Shamali, Hanne Konradsen, Birte Østergaard, Erla Kolbrun Svavarsdottir

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Background: Family health plays a vital role in the self-care and lifestyle modifications in families living with heart failure. Objective: To investigate the family health of patients with heart failure and their family members before and during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Method: This was a cross-sectional study design. We included 34 participants before and 34 participants during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Independent t-tests were conducted for comparison of the mean scores of the family health and its dimensions. Results: There was no significant difference between the total score of family health during the first COVID-19 lockdown compared to before the first COVID-19 lockdown in patients and family members. However, the values and ill-being dimensions of family health in patients and ill-being dimension in family members were significantly decreased during the first COVID-19 lockdown. Conclusion: This study indicated the positive and negative impacts of COVID-19 lockdown on family health. Implications for Nursing: Our results may help nurses to identify vulnerable patients with a low level of family health to tailor the best support to them.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Doctoral Nursing Practice
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)144-149
Publication statusPublished - 1. Nov 2022

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  • Humans
  • COVID-19/epidemiology
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Family Health
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Family
  • Heart Failure/epidemiology


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