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Evid Based Nurs 5:18 doi:10.1136/ebn.5.1.18
  • Treatment

Review: specialised multidisciplinary follow up reduces hospital admissions but not mortality in patients with heart failure

Multidisciplinary team and specialised follow up (team) or telephone follow up and improved communication with primary care physician (telephone) v usual care in patients with heart failure*

Outcome Comparison Weighted event rates RRR (95% CI) NNT (CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; RRR, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article. A fixed effects model was used for all meta-analyses. Length of follow up ranged from 3–12 months.
Hospital admission Team or telephone v usual care 41% v 47% 13% (4 to 21) 16 (10 to 48)
Team v usual care 38% v 50% 23% (14 to 32) 9 (6 to 15)

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