Despite advancing therapies, heart failure remains a progressive disease with high symptom burden. Advance care planning and palliative care assist in maximizing the quality of life for affected individuals. These interventions are supported by current heart failure guidelines yet application into practice is poor. The purpose of this literature review is to investigate the relationship between advance care planning and palliative care interventions on the quality of life of adults with heart failure. A search of the literature was completed between October 20th, 2020 to November 10th, 2020. Databases searched include Academic Search Premier, CINAHL Plus, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, PubMed, and SAGE Journals. Available research demonstrates that advance care planning and palliative care interventions increase quality of life in heart failure patients, but the quality and level of evidence remains low. The interventions also caused significant improvement to heart failure symptoms, healthcare resource utilization, and quality of death.
Date of Degree
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
School of Nursing
Allied Health and Nursing
Dack, L. (2021). Advance care planning and palliative care in heart failure: A literature review [Master’s alternative plan paper, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/1093/
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