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heart failure, motivational interviewing, nursing, quality of life, self-care



  1. Garcimartin, Paloma PhD, MSc, RN
  2. Astals-Vizcaino, Monica PsyD
  3. Badosa, Neus RN
  4. Linas, Anna RN
  5. Ivern, Consol RN
  6. Duran, Xavier PhD, MSc
  7. Comin-Colet, Josep MD, PhD


Background: Self-care is an integral component of successful chronic heart failure (HF) management. Structured educational programs have already been shown to be effective in improving self-care, but some patients show resistance and little motivation for change.


Objective: The objective of this study was to compare efficacy in improving self-care and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) for an educational intervention based on motivational interviewing (MI) compared with a conventional educational intervention.


Methods: This experimental pretest-posttest study with an equivalent historical control group included 93 patients in the intervention group and 93 matched patients in the control group. Participants attended a first visit after HF hospitalization discharge and 6 to 7 follow-up visits during 6 months. The European Heart Failure Self-care Behavior scale and the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure Questionnaire were used to assess self-care and HRQoL, respectively. Data on mortality and hospital readmissions were collected as adverse events.


Results: Self-care improved significantly more in the MI-based intervention group than in the control group (P = .005). Although both self-care and HRQoL improved in both groups over time (P < .05), there was no significant between-group difference in terms of HRQoL improvement over time (P = .13).


Conclusions: Our findings suggest that MI delivered by MI-trained nurses is effective in significantly improving self-care by patients with HF. Nonetheless, further studies are required to evaluate the impact of MI on other outcomes, such as HRQoL and adverse clinical events.