Stewart, S., Riegel, B. & Thompson, DR. (2016). Addressing the conundrum of multimorbidity in heart failure: Do we need a more strategic approach to improve health outcomes?. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing,15(1), 4-7. Netherlands: Sage Publications Ltd.. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1177/1474515115604794
There is clear evidence across the globe that the clinical complexity of patients presenting to hospital with the syndrome of heart failure is increasing – not only in terms of the presence of concurrent disease states, but with additional socio-demographic risk factors that complicate treatment. Management strategies that treat heart failure as the main determinant of health outcomes ignores the multiple and complex issues that will inevitably erode the efficacy and efficiency of current heart failure management programmes. This complex problem (or conundrum) requires a different way of thinking around the complex interactions that underpin poor outcomes in heart failure. In this context, we present the COordinated NUrse-led inteNsified Disease management for continuity of caRe for mUltiMorbidity in Heart Failure (CONUNDRUM-HF) matrix that may well inform future research and models of care to achieve better health outcomes in this rapidly increasing patient population.
Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research
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