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Nursing issues
Patients with advanced heart failure benefit from tailored multidisciplinary palliative care interventions
  1. Rachel Kennedy
  1. Coronary Care Unit, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Rachel Kennedy, Coronary Care Unit, University Hospital Limerick, Limerick V94 F858, Ireland; rachel.staunton{at}

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Commentary on: Datla S, Verberkt CA, Hoye A, et al. Multi-disciplinary palliative care is effective in people with symptomatic heart failure: a systematic review and narrative synthesis. Palliat Med 2019;338:1003–16.

Implications for practice and research

  • Heart failure management which includes tailored multidisciplinary palliative care (PC) interventions improve patient outcomes, reduces acute hospitalisations and decreases costs.

  • Large multicentre trials need to be conducted to ensure generalisability of the findings with consensus needed regarding the key elements of the PC intervention and study population.


Heart failure (HF) is a chronic condition which is associated with high morbidity and mortality rates with patients experiencing a major symptom burden and negative effect on their quality of life (QOL).1 While pharmacological and technological advancements have been made in the management of HF, the prognosis of patients with HF remain poor and many patients die as a …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.