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Transitional Care Interventions To Prevent Readmissions for People With Heart Failure

Jun 04, 2014

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program has posted meta-analyses related to preventing readmissions for patients with heart failure (HF). Components of interventions showing efficacy for reducing all-cause admissions or mortality include: HF education, emphasizing self-care, HF pharmacotherapy, emphasizing promotion and adherence of evidence-based pharmacotherapy, and a streamlined mechanism to contact care delivery personnel (e.g. patient hotline). In general, categories of interventions that reduced all-cause readmissions or mortality were more likely to be of higher intensity, to be delivered face-to-face, and to be provided by a multidisciplinary team. The study notes that neither telemonitoring nor nurse-led clinic interventions reduced readmissions or mortality. View more information here.