Study: Palliative consultations occur late for heart patients

03/19/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

Patients suffering from heart failure receive palliative care consultations only late in their illness, according to a study of 1,320 patients in the Journal of Cardiac Failure. Although the Seattle Heart Failure Model predicted a median one-year survival rate for most of the patients receiving the consultations, the actual survival time from consultation to death was a "remarkably short" 21 days. "This suggests that this cohort was identified by their clinician for PCC when they were acutely and seriously medically ill and in their later stages of dying," the research team wrote.

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