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Qualitative study—other
Patients with heart failure, and their partners, value being seen and supported together
  1. Harleah G Buck
  1. The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Harleah G Buck, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, 16802 PA, USA; hgb2{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Patients with heart failure (HF) and informal caregiver dyads interact with an involuntary social healthcare network.

  • Dyads perceive a need for clinician support that the current healthcare system does not provide.

  • Support needs of dyads may change over the trajectory of HF in ways we do not currently understand.


HF can be thought of as a ‘dyadic condition’—it affects both the patient and their caregiver. Until recently relatively little was known about the ‘second person’ affected by HF—the caregiver, or of their involvement in HF care. This may be a function of improved guideline directed care, which decreases symptoms and increases function for a longer time …

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