Future care planning: a first step to palliative care for all patients with advanced heart disease

Martin Denvir, Scott Murray, Kirsty Boyd

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Palliative care is recommended for patients with end-stage heart failure with several recent, randomised trials showing improvements in symptoms and quality of life and more studies underway. Future care planning provides a framework for discussing a range of palliative care problems with patients and their families. This approach can be introduced at any time during the patient's journey of care and ideally well in advance of end-of-life care. Future care planning is applicable to a wide range of patients with advanced heart disease and could be delivered systematically by cardiology teams at the time of an unplanned hospital admission, akin to cardiac rehabilitation for myocardial infarction. Integrating cardiology care and palliative care can benefit many patients with advanced heart disease at increased risk of death or hospitalisation. Larger, randomised trials are needed to assess the impact on patient outcomes and experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1002-1007
Number of pages6
JournalHeart
Early online date21 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2015

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