There is a gap between the evidence that supports treatments used in heart failure and day-to-day patient care. Clinical practice guidelines are evidence-based and suggest best practices; however, healthcare providers, patient and system factors complicate the diagnosis and must be addressed. Performance measures specific to nursing can be derived from the guidelines to guide practice and increase high-quality care. Innovative practice improvement programs, clinical leaders, and system tools are needed to close the gap. Nurses can facilitate processes that advance care planning and promote effective care delivery as part of a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers.
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Features| April 01 2006
Evidence-based Nursing Care for Patients With Heart Failure
Nancy M. Albert, PhD, RN, CCNS, CCRN, CNA
From the Department of Nursing Research and Innovation, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and the Kaufman Center for Heart Failure, Cleveland, Ohio.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (2006) 17 (2): 170–185.
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Nancy M. Albert; Evidence-based Nursing Care for Patients With Heart Failure. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 April 2006; 17 (2): 170–185. doi:
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