, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 227-231
Date: 25 Jun 2013

What Is the Optimal Place for Heart Failure Treatment and Care: Home or Hospital?

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Abstract

This article examines the role of home versus hospital clinic-based management of heart failure to achieve the best outcomes for affected individuals and their carer/families. It also considers the role of remote management strategies. Overall, the evidence in favor of home-based strategies is quite compelling. However, persistently high levels of heart-failure-related morbidity and mortality, combined with inconsistent application of key components of care, mandate greater efforts to develop more standardized and cost-effective forms of heart failure support services.