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Thearticle “Prevalence of heart failure in nursing homes: A systematicliterature review” was authored by Marie¨lle Daamen, Tiny Jaarsma, Jos Schols, and Jan Hamers. The article wasthen published in the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Science in 2010.The aim of the four authors was to determine the prevalence of aheart condition known as the heart failure and co-morbidity thattends to interfere with the heart condition in nursing homes.

Daamen,Jaarsma, Schols &amp Hamers (2010) did a systematic review of tenresearch articles that were collected from Cinahl, Medline, Cochrane,and Embase libraries. The selection criterion dictated that thearticles should have been published before 2008, but there was notime limit for research work published in these articles. The samplesize used in the studies varied from 80 to 86 patients and their ageranged from 79-89 years.

Daamen,Jaarsma, Schols &amp Hamers (2010) identified that the prevalence ofheart failure ranged from 15 % to 45 % in all ten articles, with anaverage of 25 %. In addition, the authors identified that the rate ofprevalence of heart failure is relatively higher among the residentsof nursing homes compared to the general population. Daamen, Jaarsma,Schols &amp Hamers (2010) also identified that the high prevalencecould be associated with the high prevalence of dementia, COPD, anddiabetes mellitus. The findings reported in the article alsoindicated that concomitant co-morbidity interfered with the diagnosisof heart failure in nursing homes.

Theauthors concluded that heart failure is more frequent in the nursinghome, but research to determine the real prevalence is limited. Inaddition, the lack of adequate diagnosis as well as treatment innursing homes affects the quality of care as well the quality of lifeof residents of nursing homes.

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Daamen,M., Schols, J., Jaarsma, T. &amp Hamers J. (2010). Prevalenceof heart failure in nursing homes: A systematic literature review.ScandinavianJournal of Caring Science,24, 202-208.