Living with and dying from advanced heart failure: understanding the needs of older patients at the end of life

Source: BMC Geriatrics October 2015

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: Old and very old patients with advanced heart failure often do not acknowledge the seriousness and severity of the disease. Their communication with physicians predominantly focuses on curative treatment. Therefore, aspects such as self-management of the disease, dealing with emergency situations and end-of-life issues should be addressed more prominently. An advanced care planning (ACP) programme for heart disease in older people could be an option to improve patient-centred care.

Length of publication: 21 pages

 

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