Self Care Heart Failure Index – Caregiver Contribution

Ercole Vellone, PhD, RN

The Caregiver versions of the self-care measures were developed by Ercole Vellone, PhD, RN, FESC, Assistant Professor in Nursing Science at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Department of Biomedicine and Prevention, Rome, Italy. Dr. Vellone recognized that caregivers make an important contribution to the self-care of patients with chronic conditions, but few instruments are available to measure this contribution. He began his work with a measure of Caregiver Contribution to Heart Failure Self-Care and then used the same approach to develop complementary measures for other self-care inventories. Use of the patient and the caregiver versions together facilitates dyadic analyses.