A new model for integrated heart failure and palliative advanced homecare: rationale and design of a prospective randomized study
2013 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, ISSN 1873-1953, E-ISSN 1474-5151, Vol. 12, no 3, 269-275 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background: Guidelines have concluded that there is a great need for new models of integrated care, e.g. heart failure and palliative care, in order to facilitate equality of care for dying patients, regardless of diagnosis. We found no evidence in the literature concerning the advantages and effects of integrated heart failure and palliative advanced home care for patients with severe chronic heart failure.
Aim: The primary aim is to study the effects of integrated Palliative advanced homecarRE and heart FailurE caRE (PREFER) on patients' symptom burden, quality of life, and activities of daily living (ADL) as compared to usual care.
Method: Prospective, randomized study with an open-evaluation PROBE design. Optimally treated outpatients with chronic heart failure of varying aetiologies in New York Heart Association classes III-IV will be eligible to participate.
Conclusion: The PREFER study is designed to investigate whether a new concept of managing patients with severe chronic heart failure by integrating palliative homecare and active heart failure treatment will reduce symptom burden, increase quality of life and ADL, and reduce the number of hospitalizations in patients with severe chronic heart failure.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 12, no 3, 269-275 p.
Heart failure, integrated care, palliative care, randomized controlled study
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57046DOI: 10.1177/1474515112445430PubMedID: 22645405OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-57046DiVA: diva2:539035