Funding for this research was provided by:
National Institute of Nursing Research (R15NR018547-01)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (R15NR018547-01)
Received: 15 November 2019
Accepted: 4 December 2019
First Online: 29 December 2019
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: The West Virginia University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) Institutional Review Board (IRB) has reviewed and approved implementation of this study (IRB Number: 1709754988). The PI and research staff including a trained nurse coordinator at in the Heart Failure unit will participate in recruitment of subjects. Patients with advanced HF and their family caregivers will be asked for permission to be contacted, have the study explained, be invited to participate, and be provided written informed consent. The potential subjects will be informed that the purpose of the study is to see if our coaching intervention for patients with HF and their family caregivers helps them manage worsening HF symptoms at home and signed advanced directive forms to address their care options and preferences. Nurses lead the in-person coaching sessions and follow-up per telephone with the patients and families. Consent forms will be given to all potential participants. Signatures will be obtained and witnessed, if they agree to participate. The consent forms will include a description of the study, group assignments, study timeline, the potential benefits and adverse reactions anticipated, financial considerations and the methods used to ensure confidentiality. The standard care of subjects will not be changed, withdrawn, or reduced for any subject in this study.
: Not applicable.
: All authors declare that they have no competing interests.