Patterns of Heart Failure Dyadic Illness Management: The Important Role of Gender

Christopher S. Lee, Kristen A. Sethares, Jessica Harman Thompson, Kenneth M. Faulkner, Emily Aarons, Karen S. Lyons

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Background The ways in which patients with heart failure (HF) and their care partners work together to manage HF are often overlooked. Objective The aim of this study was to identify and compare different patterns of HF dyadic illness management. Methods This was a secondary analysis of data on HF dyads. Heart failure management was measured using patient and care partner versions of the Self-Care of HF Index and European HF Self-care Behavior Scale. Latent class modeling was used to identify patterns of HF dyadic management. Results The mean age of the 62 patients and their care partners was 59.7 ± 11.8 and 58.1 ± 11.9 years, respectively. A majority of patients (71.0%) had class III/IV HF, and a majority of the couples (95.2%) were married. Two distinct dyadic patterns were observed, 1 collaborative management type (n = 42, 67.7%) and 1 autonomous management type (n = 20, 32.3%). Dyads in the autonomous pattern were mostly female patients with male care partners; patients in this pattern also were more anxious and depressed, and reported worse relationship quality compared with collaborative dyads. Conclusion There is an engendered spectrum of collaboration in how HF patient-care partner dyads work together to manage HF that needs to be considered in clinical care and research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-422
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • caregivers
  • dyads
  • gender
  • heart failure
  • illness management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing


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