Educare e comunicare: Terapie non farmacologiche per il paziente con scompenso cardiaco cronico?

Translated title of the contribution: To educate or to communicate: A non-pharmacological treatment for the patient with heart failure?

S. De Feo, C. Opasich

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Abstract

Chronic heart failure shows an increasing prevalence and extremely high rate of both hospital admission and readmission. Thus, in recent years there has been a growing interest in the development of more effective strategies for disease management. The existing literature shows programs involving multidisciplinary teams, specialized clinics, that employ a systematic approach and provide continuity of care, frequently involving a specialized nurse dedicated to comprehensive management. These experiences reported a favourable effects on clinically relevant outcome, including readmission, quality of care and cost of care. A recent randomized trial conducted by Krumholtz and collegues emphasises the importance of patient's education and support intervention, without medical management components. This model was effective in reducing readmissions and in-hospital costs. On the basis of these data, patients education and support should be considered a "non-pharmacological therapy" for heart failure patients.

Translated title of the contributionTo educate or to communicate: A non-pharmacological treatment for the patient with heart failure?
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)51-53
Number of pages3
JournalMonaldi Archives for Chest Disease - Cardiac Series
Volume58
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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