Heart failure is a global pandemic. Despite significant advancements in cardiac therapy, heart failure continues to be a progressive, profoundly symptomatic, and life-threatening condition, imposing substantial burdens on patients, caregivers, and healthcare systems. Palliative care plays a crucial role in supporting patients with this condition, which significantly impacts their quality of life. While heart failure treatments focus primarily on managing the disease, palliative care addresses, additionally, other physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Nevertheless, the integration of palliative care into the treatment of heart failure has faced several challenges, including the unpredictable nature of the disease progression, insufficient communication between healthcare providers and patients, fragmented care delivery, lack of knowledge, and the overlap of comorbidities and frailty.
In recognition of this relevant field, BMC Palliative Care has launched this Collection which encourages submissions including but not limited to those addressing:
- Implementation of palliative care interventions, including needs assessment, health systems incentive, new processes of care
- Outcomes of palliative care interventions for heart failure, including health services outcomes, patient-reported experiences, and outcomes, caregiver perspectives, care provider perspectives
- Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of communication strategies for shared decision-making, advanced care planning, and goals of care discussions
- New approaches to palliative care
- Integration of palliative care in a changing landscape of goal-directed medical therapy, device care, and advanced heart failure interventions
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