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The purpose of the study is to assess whether primary care physicians may uptitrate recommended drug therapies in stable heart failure patients if educational material and specialist support including phone or mail consultation are provided
Heart failure is highly prevalent, particularly in elderly subjects, and costly, mainly because of the high rate of recurrent hospital admissions. Although guideline-recommended treatments, such as beta-blockers and renin-angiotensin inhibitors, are effective on both mortality and morbidity, these drugs are very often underprescribed or used at lower doses than those shown to be beneficial in clinical trials, particularly in the primary care setting, for fear of adverse events. Although referral to specialist services may improve prescription of recommended drugs and doses achieved, frequent consultations may be unfeasible and costly.The study is designed to assess whether active specialist support and educational material improve the prescription process for heart failure patients in primary care
Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Chronic Heart Failure
Strategy for assisted uptitration, Usual care
Azienda Opsedaliera Ospedale Niguarda Ca' Granda
Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:17:37-0400
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