Background Chronic heart failure (CHF) is an important condition that
requires complex treatment and management.
Objective This article outlines the key benefits of a team based
approach to CHF management and the role of the different
health professionals involved, including a central role for
the patient’s general practitioner.
Discussion Specific management programs are designed to improve
CHF related outcomes such as reducing hospitalisation
rates and prolonging survival. There are many components
to these programs and a team based approach is arguably
the most important. Programs that apply multidisciplinary
care (either via dedicated CHF clinics or community based
teams) are consistently superior to those supplied by an
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