Optimizing Access to Heart Failure Care in Canada During the COVID-19 Pandemic Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The traditional model of heart failure (HF) care in Canada, which relies upon a multidisciplinary team and clinic-based care processes, has been undermined as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues, we will be challenged to improve or maintain the health status of those with HF by optimizing guideline-directed care despite physical distancing constraints and a reduction in the health care workforce. This will require development of new strategies specifically targeted at decreasing the risk of decompensation and resultant HF hospitalization. As such, we must quickly pivot to the adoption and application of novel technologies and revise usual care models, processes, and workflow. The unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has delivered the Canadian HF community a burning platform for the┬ádesign and implementation of innovative approaches to support the vulnerable population we serve; born out of necessity, we now have the opportunity to explore innovative approaches that might inform the future of HF care delivery in Canada. Herein, we provide perspectives from leadership within the Canadian Heart Failure Society on how to optimize HF care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

authors

  • Virani, Sean A
  • Clarke, Brian
  • Ducharme, Anique
  • Ezekowitz, Justin A
  • Heckman, George
  • McDonald, Michael
  • Mielniczuk, Lisa Marie
  • Swiggum, Elizabeth
  • Van Spall, Harriette
  • Zieroth, Shelley

publication date

  • July 2020

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