It is estimated that 3 million persons in the United States have congestive heart failure. This diagnosis accounts for more than 5% of total health expenditures. A method to decrease the costs of health care was initiated through the partners-in-care model of collaborative practice. A research study exploring the use of nurse case managers in collaboration with cardiologists and primary care physicians is being conducted with persons older than 65 years. This care encompasses both inpatient and outpatient care. The intervention comprises nurse visits in the hospital and in the home as well as telephone support for 6 months after the index hospitalization. The outcomes of quality of life, functional status, mortality, morbidity, and costs are being examined. Collaborative health care partnerships may be an effective strategy to decrease health care costs and improve quality of life and functional status of older persons with congestive heart failure.
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Pugh, L. C., Tringali, R. A., Boehmer, J., Blaha, C., Kruger, N. R., Capauna, T. A., & ... Xie, S. (1999). Partners in care: a model of collaboration. Holistic Nursing Practice, 13(2), 61-65.
Medical Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine, Cardiology Division, Department of Medicine Faculty, Patient Care Services / Nursing, Patient Care Services / Nursing Faculty