Background: Chronic heart failure (CHF) is an important condition that requires complex treatment and management. Objective: This article outlines the key benefits of a team based approach to CHF management and the role of the different health professionals involved, including a central role for the patient's general practitioner. Discussion: Specific management programs are designed to improve CHF related outcomes such as reducing hospitalisation rates and prolonging survival. There are many components to these programs and a team based approach is arguably the most important. Programs that apply multidisciplinary care (either via dedicated CHF clinics or community based teams) are consistently superior to those supplied by an individual.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Australian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2010|
- Chronic heart failure
- Disease management