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SILVERA, Gabriela et al. Level of disease awareness in a cohort of patients with heart failure. Arch. Med Int [online]. 2013, vol.35, n.3, pp.71-75. ISSN 0250-3816.

The most common cause of readmission for heart failure is poor patient compliance. This can be attributed to lack of knowledge, the complexity of treatment, cognitive impairment, depression or to an ineffective or inadequate communication to the patient by the healthcare team. Previous studies show a high percentage of inadequate knowledge about the disease in these patients. In Uruguay there are no studies that verify this. In this paper we analyzed the knowledge about their disease among the patients managed in a specialist heart failure unit using the survey method through self-administered questionnaire designed by the researchers.A large number of patients do not know the diagnosis of the disease or the characteristics of the same, the risk factors for disease and / or risk factors of decompensation This should force other barriers analysis for doctor-patient communication and/or implement educational plans can be evaluated.

Keywords : Heart failure; Knowledge; Communication.

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