Use of medical resources and quality of life of patients with chronic heart failure: a prospective survey in a large Italian community hospital.

@article{Albanese1999UseOM,
  title={Use of medical resources and quality of life of patients with chronic heart failure: a prospective survey in a large Italian community hospital.},
  author={Maria Albanese and Micha\ol Plewka and Dario Gregori and Claudio Fresco and G Avon and Donato Caliandro and Laura Grassi and Paolo Rossi and P Udina and Alessandro Bulfoni and Romain Colle and A L Cuzzato and Paolo Maria Fioretti},
  journal={European journal of heart failure},
  year={1999},
  volume={1 4},
  pages={411-7}
}
AIMS To assess the prevalence, clinical characteristics, use of medical resources and quality of life in consecutive patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) hospitalized in a large community hospital during 3 months. METHODS AND RESULTS The study group included 354 patients with CHF, admitted in the Departments of Internal Medicine (97%) and Cardiology. Median age was 78 years [72;85], 45% were males. CHF was the main diagnosis in 72%; 28% were in NYHA class III and 49% in class IV; 42% had… CONTINUE READING