What is it about?

The review identifies a deficit in nurses' knowledge around palliative care, coupled with a lack of confidence in undertaking sensitive conversations. It highlights opportunities for individual nurses to implement change in their own practice and positively influence care provided by the multidisciplinary team to improvement quality of life for patients with heart failure.

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Why is it important?

In the UK, the burden of heart failure has increased significantly in recent years. However, despite the significant impact heart failure has on independence and quality of life, implementation of palliative care often comes too late to be of benefit.

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This page is a summary of: Nurse opportunities to overcome barriers to palliative care provision for patients with heart failure: an integrative review, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, October 2021, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/bjca.2021.0076.
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