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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


This secondary analysis examined the effect of mutual goal setting (MGS) on perceived understanding of the diagnosis of heart failure (HF). The conceptual framework for this study was King's theory of goal attainment. The sample consisted of clients with a diagnosis of HF from two Southwestern Michigan home care agencies. Subjects were randomly assigned to either a control group or intervention group and received eight weekly visits. Data were collected at baseline, 3 months, and 5 months using the general counseling section of the Self-Management Tool (Lorig et al., 1996). The secondary analysis sought to determine if MGS interventions improved perceived understanding of the diagnosis of HF. Although no significant difference was found at 3 months, there was a significant difference at 6 months (p= .04).


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