The Journal of the American College of Cardiology has released a new study which has concluded that an interdisciplinary palliative care intervention in advanced heart failure (HF) patients showed consistently greater benefits in quality of life, anxiety, depression, and spiritual well-being compared with usual care (UC) alone.
The authors randomized 150 patients with advanced HF between August 15, 2012 and June 25, 2015. The study compared patients who were given only usual care with patients given usual care plus a palliative care intervention at a single center. Patients randomized to UC + palliative care versus UC alone showed clinically significant incremental improvement in quality of life. Depression symptoms also improved in UC + palliative care patients versus UC-alone patients, with similar findings for anxiety and spiritual well being. Click here to read more.