c. A third strategy for implementing best practices for heart failure management is to implement a program to assist patients with lifestyle modifications. The program would offer smoking cessation, how to increase physical activity and diet modification. The program team member would work with each patient on an individual basis for their specific lifestyle changes. The team member would also work with a group together, such as holding a daily exercise program in the main dining room at 9:00 a.m. This would allow everyone who wants to participate in an extra activity or maybe the only one for that individual a chance to get some exercise. Some individuals may have a slow start to exercising so the class would be a good start for them. They could have a question and answer session after the exercise class. It would allow for everyone in the group to share their experiences, ask any questions and learn from each other. The dietician could sit in during this time to answer any questions they may have regarding healthy eating. An appropriate method for evaluating the implementation of this strategy would
PATHOPHARMALOGICAL FOUNDATIONS 24 be to have a small survey for the patients involved in the program group to fill out after following it for at least 4 weeks. A successful implementation would indicate at least half the lifestyle modification program class members learned something and were able to meet at least two goals that they set at the beginning of the program. References Azad, N., & Lemay, G. (2014, December). Management of chronic heart failure in the older population. Retrieved from Cardiac Medications. (2015, July 31). Retrieved from - topics/heart-attack/treatment-of-a-heart-attack/cardiac-medications
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