Future care planning: a first step to palliative care for all patients with advanced heart disease

Source: Heart July 2015, Volume 101(13) p.1002-7

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: Palliative care is recommended for patients with end-stage heart failure with several recent, randomised trials showing improvements in symptoms and quality of life and more studies underway. Future care planning provides a framework for discussing a range of palliative care problems with patients and their families. This approach can be introduced at any time during the patient’s journey of care and ideally well in advance of end-of-life care. Future care planning is applicable to a wide range of patients with advanced heart disease and could be delivered systematically by cardiology teams at the time of an unplanned hospital admission, akin to cardiac rehabilitation for myocardial infarction.

Integrating cardiology care and palliative care can benefit many patients with advanced heart disease at increased risk of death or hospitalisation.

Length of publication: 6 pages

Some important notes: This article is available in full text to all NHS Staff using Athens, for more information about accessing full text follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

 

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