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Report highlights low palliative care referrals for heart failure patients

 

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Report highlights low palliative care referrals for heart failure patients

The annual National Heart Failure Audit report has highlighted that fewer than 4% of patients with heart failure were referred to palliative care in 2010-2011. Referrals rates increased slightly to 6% for those readmitted to hospital.

The report also recommends that there should be further research into whether a conventional oncology model of palliative care is appropriate for patients with heart failure.

The audit focuses on the care and treatment of all patients with an unscheduled admission to hospital with heart failure. The main purposes of the audit are to measure the quality of care and clinical outcomes, to enable comparisons between trusts or health boards, and to recommend changes and promote improvement where necessary.