Table 1

Summary of overview of qualitative systematic reviews and metasyntheses of experiences of CHF

ReviewYearType of reviewPhenomena of interestNumber of qualitative studies includedKey aim(s)Quality score
Molloy et al38 (UK)2005Mixed methods (integrative) reviewRole of family caregivers3/16Evaluate effect of CHF on caregivers' well-being; evaluate role of caregivers in management of CHF; outline policy and practice implications of current studies77%
M
Yu392007Qualitative systematic review with thematic analysis of qualitative studiesOlder people's experiences14Synthesising qualitative studies of people with CHF to advance understanding of lived experience and inform intervention and service development94%
H
McEntee et al40 (USA)2009Mixed methods (integrative) reviewBarriers to CHF care15To synthesise research on barriers to CHF care at patient, provider and system levels61%
M
Westland et al41 (UK)2009Qualitative integrative review of living with heart failureExperiences and perceptions of people living with CHF18To explore the experiences and perceptions of patients who have heart failureM
77%
Hopp et al42 (USA)2010Systematic review with thematic analysis of qualitative studiesOlder people's experiences15Understand the ‘lived experience’ of CHF among older people to inform social work practice with this group72%
M
Jeon et al43 (Australia)2010Narrative reviewExperience of living with CHF30Conduct a narrative review of qualitative studies of people's experiences of living with CHF to develop a wide-ranging understanding of the patient experience of CHFM
77%
Barclay et al44 (UK)2011Systematic review with narrative synthesis of qualitative studiesEnd-of-life care in CHF17/23Identify patient and professional preferences around end-of-life conversations in CHF, and to identify barriers and facilitators of these conversations77%
M
Dev et al45 (USA)2011Qualitative metasynthesisSelf-care CHF with comorbid conditions3Identify and characterise factors that affect integration of CHF self-care with other comorbid conditions38%
L
Dickson et al46 (USA)2011Systematic review with thematic analysis of qualitative studiesSelf-care in CHF with comorbidities3Identify and characterise aspects of self-care for CHF that are complicated by comorbidities55%
L
Kang et al47 (China)2011Qualitative metasynthesisRole of family caregivers10Synthesise qualitative studies of caregivers’ experiences of CHF to inform nurses as they support families affected by CHF94%
H
Low et al48 (UK)2011Systematic review with thematic analysis of qualitative studiesEnd-of-life care28/48Explore studies on patient and professional understandings of disease processes and perceived needs and experiences of care provision in palliative care for CHF77%
M
Tierney et al49 (UK)2011Qualitative systematic review with framework analysisPhysical activity20Identify barriers and facilitators of physical activity in CHF and identify beliefs and behaviours that could be targeted by interventions to promote activity88%
H
Thomas and Clark50 (Canada)2011Qualitative metasynthesisSex and gender5/6

Identify and understand sex-related and gender-related factors that shape women's self-care beliefs and behaviours in CHF83%
H
Clark et al51 (Canada)2012Qualitative metasynthesisHelp-seeking decisions and behaviours58Identify and characterise elements of help seeking in CHF and model the main factors and processes associated with help-seeking decisions94%
H
Jani et al52 (UK)2012Qualitative systematic review with framework analysisTreatment burden in heart failure at end of life16Identify, characterise and explain workload associated with treatment burden in CHF83%
H
Procter53 (UK)2012Qualitative systematic review with thematic analysis of qualitative studiesContribution of palliative care specialists to end of life care5Identify barriers to collaborative working in palliative care, and characterise CHF patient and carer expectations and needs83%
H
Rolls and Young54 (USA)2012Discourse analysisCHF from the perspective of older women4From a feminist standpoint, to critically apprehend women's lived experiences of CHF from the perspective of women themselves77%
M
Buck et al55 (Canada)2013Systematic review with content analysis of qualitative studiesCaregivers’ contributions to self-care13/30Identify and characterise specific activities by which caregivers contribute to self-care beliefs and behaviours in CHF88%
H
Falk et al56 (Sweden)2013Mixed methods (integrative) reviewLived experience of CHF among older patients5/23Synthesise knowledge about self-reported symptoms, illness experience and self-care management by older patients with CHF77%
M
Siabani et al57 (Australia)2013Qualitative metasynthesisFactors that promote or inhibit self-care23Identify the factors that prevent optimal engagement with self-care regimens to inform future intervention development77%
M
Sookhoo et al58 (UK)2013Qualitative metasynthesisParticipation in CHF self-management education programmes8Synthesise studies about experiences of educational interventions to support people with CHF in self-care83%
H
Clark et al59 (Canada)2014Qualitative metasynthesisPatients and caregivers’ perceptions of effective self-care49Synthesise studies about the determinants of effective self-care in CHF, identify and characterising experiences83%
H
Dekker60 (USA)2014Qualitative systematic review with thematic analysis of qualitative studiesExperiences of depressive symptoms13Identify and characterise the contributing factors, role and effects of depressive symptoms in shaping experiences of CHF44%
L
Harkness et al61 (Canada)2014Qualitative metasynthesisStrategies for self-care47Identify strategies used by people with CHF to accommodate self-care techniques in daily life83%
H
Strachan et al62 (Canada)2014Qualitative metasynthesisContextual factors that influence self-care45Identify and characterise elements of social context that affect self-care in CHF83%
H
Wingham et al63 (UK)2014Meta-ethnographyAttitudes, beliefs, expectations and experiences of self-management19Develop an explanatory model of patients’ attitudes, beliefs, expectations and experiences of self-management in CHF that could inform the development of future self-management strategies88%
H
  • CHF, chronic heart failure.