Title

Decision-making under uncertainty in advanced heart failure

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology; Meyers Primary Care Institute; Department of Quantitative Health Sciences

Date

6-1-2014

Document Type

Article

Disciplines

Cardiology | Cardiovascular Diseases

Abstract

The challenges managing advanced heart failure (AHF) are mounting, not least by the presence of multiple coexisting comorbidities, the lack of evidence of clinical benefit in many subsets of AHF, but also surrounding the uncertainty of the both short-term and long-term prognosis. Clinicians are highly variable in their interpretation of clinical data and are prone to considerable bias when it comes to treatment recommendations. This manuscript provides a critical appraisal of the uncertainties as it pertains to the natural history of AHF and management decisions. First, clinical examples are explored to illustrate common errors of judgment due to unrecognized biases. Secondly, a tool is provided that promulgates a structured approach to key data elements in an attempt to create a sound platform for decision-making.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Curr Heart Fail Rep. 2014 Jun;11(2):188-96. doi: 10.1007/s11897-014-0195-7. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

24691659