Palliative care in heart failure: a position statement from the palliative care workshop of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology

Jaarsma, T. et al. (2009) Palliative care in heart failure: a position statement from the palliative care workshop of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology. European Journal of Heart Failure, 11(5), pp. 433-443. (doi:10.1093/eurjhf/hfp041)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/eurjhf/hfp041

Abstract

Heart failure is a serious condition and equivalent to malignant disease in terms of symptom burden and mortality. At this moment only a comparatively small number of heart failure patients receive specialist palliative care. Heart failure patients may have generic palliative care needs, such as refractory multifaceted symptoms, communication and decision making issues and the requirement for family support. The Advanced Heart Failure Study Group of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiology organized a workshop to address the issue of palliative care in heart failure to increase awareness of the need for palliative care. Additional objectives included improving the accessibility and quality of palliative care for heart failure patients and promoting the development of heart failure-orientated palliative care services across Europe. This document represents a synthesis of the presentations and discussion during the workshop and describes recommendations in the area of delivery of quality care to patients and families, education, treatment coordination, research and policy.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McMurray, Professor John
Authors: Jaarsma, T., Beattie, J. M., Ryder, M., Rutten, F. H., McDonagh, T., Mohacsi, P., Murray, S. A., Grodzicki, T., Bergh, I., Metra, M., Ekman, I., Angermann, C., Leventhal, M., Pitsis, A., Anker, S. D., Gavazzi, A., Ponikowski, P., Dickstein, K., Delacretaz, E., Blue, L., Strasser, F., and McMurray, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences
Journal Name:European Journal of Heart Failure
ISSN:1388-9842

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