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Multidisciplinary heart failure management programmes

Ali Vazir and Suzanna Hardman

in Oxford Textbook of Heart Failure

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199577729
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199697809 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199577729.003.0054

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Multidisciplinary heart failure management programmes

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In the early 21st century, heart failure (HF) guidelines and otherconsensus documents recommend a multidisciplinary approach tothe management of people with this diagnosis. This trendtowards, and aspiration to, the involvement of a range of healthcare professionals in the care of a particularly vulnerable patientgroup does not appear controversial. It seems intuitive that thiswould deliver best care, and is an approach welcomed by patientgroups. But how robust is the evidence for this approach, andwhich components of these multidisciplinary services confer benefit and in what health care contexts? To what extent are they thenapplicable to other populations and health care environments? Theliterature is extensive, diverse, and complex, which explains therepeated meta-analyses undertaken, and both published andplanned Cochrane reviews.In this chapter we explore the background to, and evidence for,different models of multidisciplinary working, and conclude byarguing for a more consistent implementation of care for thosewith HF.

Chapter.  7195 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cardiovascular Medicine

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