Web-based communication has been reported as a feasible management tool for heart failure (HF) patients and has also been documented to positively impact quality of life (QOL). The feasibility and effectiveness of a Web-based educational and HF management program among older HF patients (60 years and older), however, have not been previously explored. Therefore, a prospective study was conducted. QOL (physical and mental health) and perceived control (PC) scores of 40 participants were measured (baseline and 3 months) and retrospectively compared with an age- and sex-matched control group of 40 patients receiving HF care as usual. Between-group differences over time were statistically significant in the QOL mental health component and PC scores. The authors' findings demonstrate the beneficial effects of a Web-based program on QOL and PC in older patients with HF. This approach may be potentially beneficial in delivering educational and behavioral support to this high-risk group in ways that are affordable and accessible.
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