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Informal caregivers should be better supported—they are vital members of the healthcare team approach to chronic disease management
  1. Claire Warren
  1. North East CCAC, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Claire Warren, Clinical Services, North East CCAC, 40 Elm Street, Suite 41-C, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3C 1S8; Claire.warren{at}ne.ccac-ont.ca

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  • Given our ageing demographics and cost of healthcare, we need to expand our holistic approach to the patient's caregiver(s), if we expect the delivery of more community-based care.

  • Future research should evaluate outcomes of community-based outreach palliative care teams on caregiver distress regardless of diagnosis.

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Heart failure (HF) is predicted to increase by 46% from 2012 to 2030 in the US.1 Patients with HF often have other chronic comorbidities. Given our ageing population and with better treatments, the prevalence of heart disease, as well as other chronic diseases, will continue to rise. Patients with HF often have long and frequent hospital …

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