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Practical guide on home health in heart failure patients
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Division of Health, Activity and Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
University of Southern Denmark, Odense.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Heart and Medicine Center, Department of Cardiology in Linköping.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4259-3671
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Integrated Care, ISSN 1568-4156, Vol. 13, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Chronic heart failure is a common condition affecting up to 15 million people in the extended Europe. Heart failure is burdensome and costly for patients in terms of decreased quality of life and poor prognosis, and it is also costly for society. Better integrated care is warranted in this population and specialised heart failure care can save costs and improve the quality of care. However, only a few European countries have implemented specialised home care and offered this to a larger number of patients with heart failure. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethod: We developed a guide on Home Health in Heart Failure patients from a literature review, a survey of heart failure management programs, the opinion of researchers and practitioners, data from clinical trials and a reflection of an international expert meeting. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: In integrated home care for heart failure patients, it is advised to consider the following components: integrated multidisciplinary care, patient and partner participation, care plans with clear goals of care, patient education, self-care management, appropriate access to care and optimised treatment. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanDiscussion: We summarised the state of the art of home-based care for heart failure patients in Europe, described the typical content of such care to provide a guide for health care providers.

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Utrecht University, Maastricht University, Groningen University , 2013. Vol. 13, no 4
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integrated care, home care, heart failure, multidisciplinary
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Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-102787ISI: 000327717800002OAI: diva2:683864
Available from: 2014-01-07 Created: 2013-12-26 Last updated: 2014-01-24Bibliographically approved

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