A situation-specific theory of heart failure self-care

Barbara Riegel, Victoria Vaughan Dickson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


The situation-specific theory of heart failure (HF) self-care, developed in 2008 and revised in 2016 is used worldwide by clinicians and researchers. Central to this theory is the description of self-care as a naturalistic decision-making process involving the choice of behaviors that maintain physiologic stability (maintenance), symptom perception, and the response to symptoms when they occur (management).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSituation Specific Theories
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment, Utilization, and Evaluation in Nursing
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030632236
ISBN (Print)9783030632229
StatePublished - Feb 5 2021


  • Behavioral change
  • Heart failure
  • Monitoring
  • Self-care
  • Self-management
  • Symptom perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • General Medicine


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