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Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing:
Advanced Heart Failure: PDF Only

Team management of congestive heart failure across the continuum.

Venner, Gail Hafferkamp MSN, RN, CCRN; Seelbinder, Jeanne Solitro MSNc, RN

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Abstract

Despite an increased incidence of congestive heart failure and frequency of hospital admissions for the Medicare population, there is little information available on improving outcomes for these patients. As changes in health care lead toward capitation, efficient care with limited use of expensive inpatient hospital resources is a necessity. The coordination of three critical components- inpatient, outpatient, and home care-can lead to positive outcomes in terms of functional capacity changes, length of stay, readmission rates, patient self-care knowledge, and patient satisfaction.

(C) 1996 Aspen Publishers, Inc.

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