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Evidence to Improve Care

Heart Failure

Care in the Community for Adults



Summary

This quality standard addresses care for adults who have heart failure, including the assessment and diagnosis of people with suspected heart failure. It applies to community settings, including primary care, specialist care, home care, hospital outpatient clinics, and long-term care.

This quality standard does not address care provided in hospital emergency departments or inpatient settings. It does not discuss heart failure related to congenital cardiac conditions. It also does not address the primary prevention of heart failure, although it does provide guidance on risks and lifestyle factors that may affect the progression of heart failure. These may be topics addressed in future quality standards.


I believe the quality standard recognizes and appreciates that it takes a village to care to people with heart failure. We need to communicate and collaborate with a variety of care providers to improve patient outcomes and the patient and caregiver experience.

– Karen Harkness, Registered Nurse, Heart Function Clinic

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