Management of patients with chronic heart failure in the community
Hannah Waterhouse Heart failure specialist nurse, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Heart Failure Nursing Services, Derby
This article explores the evidence for service improvements in the provision of care to heart failure patients in the community. It looks at the different methods of service delivery, including nurse-led clinics and home visiting. As patients’ condition can vary considerably, both palliative care and rehabilitation are considered as care contexts. It is argued that distinction should be made between palliative and end of life care, which might otherwise limit the care agreed between the nurse and the patient. The need for nurses to gain appropriate knowledge and skills is emphasised to ensure the provision of effective care.
Primary Health Care. 24, 9, 35-41. doi: 10.7748/phc.24.9.35.e911Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer reviewConflict of interest
Received: 09 December 2013
Accepted: 08 April 2014