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191126 - Heart Failure Audit

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Conduct a retrospective recall of approximately 100 patients who are over the age of 65 with undiagnosed Heart Failure and present with two or more risk factors listed on the Adudit Criteria Template. The aim is to identify gaps and oversights in current practice and reflect on opportunities to improve screening and diagnosis of Heart Failure. In addition, the aim is to identify who are at risk of heart failure to review patient data to improve outcomes and align new multi-disiplinary team care guidelines for management of heart failure patients with practice behaviours. The National Heart Foundation of Australia and the CSANZ Heart Failure Guidelines 2018 will be used to enhance best practice.

Relevance to General Practice

Approximately 480,000 Australians have Heart Failure (HF) and alarmingly, here in Australia, only 50% of patients diagnosed with chronic HF will be alive 5 years later.
GPs are faced with challenging environments and restricted time which presents challenges in diagnosis, testing modality, identifying timely referrals for specialist opinion and continuing care in complicated HF cases.
Updates and reflection on practices and behaviours in diagnosis and management of Heart Failure continue to be required and requested.
There are Economic and clinical benefits to guideline-based multidisciplinary Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) models of care, with early intervention providing sustained cost benefits. Up to two thirds of CHF related hospitalisations are preventable and multi-disciplinary CHF programs have been shown to significantly reduce unplanned hospital admissions including re-admissions.

Learning outcomes
  • Familiarisation of the 10 page (A concise summary for the GP) version of The National Heart Foundation of Australia and the CSANZ Heart Failure Guidelines 2018.
  • Generate and review a list of undiagnosed heart failure patients that present over the age of 65 with two or more risk factors listed in the Audit Criteria Template provided.
  • Implement an action plan for patients that have been identified as at risk within audit criteria in alignment with the updated The National Heart Foundation of Australia and the CSANZ Heart Failure Guidelines 2018 (A concise summary for the GP).
  • Describe the difference in outcome between results of your audit compared to the standard set within audit design.
  • Apply learned changes of behaviour in screening techniques in data collection for prospective heart failure patients.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Adult health
    • Care of older people
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    191126 - Heart Failure Audit
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    8.5 hours
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