Personal growth, symptoms, and uncertainty in community-residing adults with heart failure

Kristen J. Overbaugh, Mark B. Parshall

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    Background Personal growth has not been studied extensively in heart failure (HF). Objectives To characterize personal growth in HF and its relationships with symptom burden, uncertainty, and demographic and clinical factors. Methods Associations among personal growth, uncertainty, symptom burden, and clinical and demographic variables were examined in adult outpatients with HF using bivariate correlations and multiple regressions. Results Participants (N = 103; 76% male, mean age = 74 years, 97% New York Heart Association classes II and III) reported moderate levels of personal growth, uncertainty, and symptom burden. Personal growth was weakly correlated with age and symptom burden but not with other study variables. In a regression model, age, sex, ethnicity, disease severity, time since diagnosis, symptom burden, and uncertainty were not significant independent correlates of personal growth. Conclusions Community-residing patients with HF report moderate personal growth that is not explained by uncertainty, symptom burden, or demographic and clinical variables.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)54-60
    Number of pages7
    JournalHeart and Lung: Journal of Acute and Critical Care
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


    • Heart failure
    • Personal growth
    • Post-traumatic growth
    • Symptom burden
    • Uncertainty

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
    • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
    • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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