Quality of Life in Veterans with Heart Failure

Monday, 22 July 2013: 1:50 PM

Kimberly F. Holden, PhD, MPH, RN
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Murfreesboro, TN

Learning Objective 1: The learner will be able to identify three variables which may affect the veteran with heart failure quality of life.

Learning Objective 2: The learner will understand the differences in the variables affecting the veteran's quality of life.


The purpose of this study focused on the predictive effects of proximity to health care, general health perception, and knowledge of HF on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in the veteran population.


A correlational, cross-sectional survey design using four survey instruments (demographic data, SF-12, Dutch Heart Failure Knowledge Scale, Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index-Cardiac Version-IV).  Data obtained was used to test the hypothesis.


 The findings showed the HRQOL model was unidirectional and that the only predictive variable on HRQOL was proximity to health care.


Limitations inherent in a small sample size and a translated instrument may have affected the findings.  Implications include a qualitative study to understand the veterans’ idea of their quality of life and a larger quantitative study.