Heart failure services in England improve

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 12 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:67
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The management of patients with heart failure has generally improved in the past few years, according to a comprehensive review of services provided by the NHS in England. But the review also shows that a substantial number of people with the condition might remain undiagnosed and untreated.

    The Healthcare Commission, which monitors the quality of NHS services, assessed the heart failure services provided by 303 primary care trusts and their main hospital providers in 2005-6. Two thirds of these healthcare communities scored “excellent” (28) or “good” (160) for their overall services to heart failure patients, based on confirmation of diagnosis, prescribing and monitoring, access to specialist services and structured care, mortality, and rates of readmission. A further 89 were assessed as “fair.” However, 26 were considered “weak.” These have since been required to …

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