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Nurse-led heart failure clinics in Sweden
Department of Cardiology, Heart Centre, Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden.
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).
Department of Cardiology, Heart Centre, Linköping University Hospital, Linköping, Sweden.
2001 (English)In: European Journal of Heart Failure, ISSN 1388-9842, E-ISSN 1879-0844, Vol. 3, no 1, 139-144 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective:

The aim of this study was to describe the nurse-led heart failure care in Sweden.

Methods:

A postal questionnaire was sent to all 86 hospitals in Sweden treating heart failure patients. All hospitals completed the questionnaire, which contained 20 questions about heart failure nurses, patient education, heart failure clinics, co-operation with primary healthcare and care programmes.

Results:

Sixty-nine percent of all hospitals (n = 86) had nurses specialised in taking care of heart failure patients, in total 148 heart failure nurses. The nurses were involved in patient education and follow-up. There were nurse-led heart failure clinics in 66% of the hospitals. The clinics provided follow-up after hospitalisation, telephone counselling and drug titration. The majority of the heart failure nurses had been delegated the responsibility for making protocol-led changes in medications. Most clinics registered the number of annual visits to the clinic, and the largest clinic had up to 1000 visits, Approximately half of the hospitals had a special care plan for patients with heart failure and an organised co-operation with primary healthcare.

Conclusion:

The first nurse-led heart failure clinic started in Sweden in 1990 and since then the model has been spread to two-thirds of the Swedish hospitals. (C) 2001 European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2001. Vol. 3, no 1, 139-144 p.
Keyword [en]
heart failure, nursing, heart failure clinics, patient education, care programme, primary healthcare
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-18768DOI: 10.1016/S1388-9842(00)00099-4ISI: 000166927700021PubMedID: 11163748Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-0035142158OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-18768DiVA: diva2:540045
Available from: 2012-07-06 Created: 2012-06-25 Last updated: 2012-07-06Bibliographically approved

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