A survey of views and opinions of health professionals managing thirst in chronic heart failure.

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Contemporary nurse, 2016, pp. 1 - 16
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Thirst is a common and burdensome symptom of chronic heart failure which affects adherence to self-care practices specifically fluid restriction. Despite this, there is no standard clinical practice for managing the symptom of thirst.The aim is to identify the current strategies recommended by health professionals to help relieve thirst in chronic heart failure patients and their perceived usefulness of these strategies.A survey was distributed to attendees of the 8(th) Annual Scientific Meeting of Australasian Cardiovascular Nursing College.There were 42/70 respondents to the survey. The majority (33/40; 82.5%) had recommended various strategies to alleviate thirst. The most recommended strategy was ice chips (36/38; 94.7%). Overall, the respondents reported 'some use' in all of the strategies.Various strategies are recommended to CHF patients to relieve thirst. Despite this, systematic evaluation of these methods is still limited. More research is needed to investigate the effectiveness of these interventions in relieving thirst. Information from this survey may help in the incorporation of thirst- relieving strategies into evidence based guidelines; further improving the quality of care of patients.
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