A call for action to include psychosocial management into holistic, integrated care for patients with atrial fibrillation

Axel Brandes*, Susanne S Pedersen, Jeroen M Hendriks

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Abstract

Contemporary management of atrial fibrillation (AF) has become increasingly complex. Therefore, strong efforts have been made during the past decade to develop models for structured, integrated care for patients with AF. These have also been incorporated in international guidelines for the management of patients with AF. However, implementation of integrated care approaches in daily clinical practice is scarce and far from optimal, and it may require a re-thinking of the structure of the healthcare system. The reasons for the poor implementation are many, from limited time and economic resources to deficits in postgraduate education of healthcare professionals, lack of involvement of patients in how integrated care should be designed, and fragmentation of the healthcare system. Moreover, patients' psychological challenges, which not only impact patients' adherence to treatment but, if untreated, increase their risk of morbidity, mortality, and poor quality of life, are not given sufficient attention. It is time to start a necessary discussion of what integrated care should be, what it should contain, and what is necessary to implement it in daily clinical practice.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummereuae078
TidsskriftEP - Europace
Vol/bind26
Udgave nummer4
Antal sider3
ISSN1099-5129
DOI
StatusUdgivet - apr. 2024

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