Educational visit

Heart failure: an active role for GPs and patients

Early diagnosis of heart failure and effective management in primary care prolongs lives, keeps people out of hospital, and improves quality of life.

  • Start: 1 March 2021
  • Cost: free

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The NPS MedicineWise program on heart failure has been developed in collaboration with the National Heart Foundation of Australia.

 

 

Accreditation

One-on-one discussion
This activity has been approved for 2 points (CPD Activity) under the RACGP CPD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium (activity: 238049).

Small group meeting
This activity has been approved for 2 points (CPD Activity) under the RACGP CPD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium (activity: 237092).

One-on-one discussion
This activity has been accredited for 1 hour under the educational activity category in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium (activity: 22014).

Small group meeting
This activity has been accredited for 1 hour under the educational activity category in the ACRRM PD Program for the 2020–2022 triennium (activity: 21984).

 

About

Managing heart failure is complex. High rates of mortality and hospital readmission make this a challenging condition for patients and their GPs. But there are clear principles to support effective management in primary care. 

This educational visit is part of a multifaceted program designed to: 

  • support GPs in the early diagnosis and classification of heart failure 
  • provide clinical guidance on initiation and ongoing management of medicines 
  • empower patients with effective self-management strategies to improve their quality of life.

Educational visits are available as:

  • One-on-one: a 30-minute in-practice discussion for GPs, tailored to individual learning needs.
  • Small group: a 1-hour group discussion for GPs, pharmacists and nurses.
  • Virtual visits: via video call. Available to support practices who wish to continue educational activities without a face-to-face appointment.

All visits will comply with current state and territory regulations for social distancing.

     

    Learning outcomes

    Learning outcomes for educational visits:

    • Assess people with suspected heart failure and refer for echocardiogram when required to help confirm diagnosis and guide management.

    • Apply Australian guideline recommendations to up-titrate heart failure medicines to target or maximum tolerated doses for people with heart failure reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) to reduce hospitalisations and save lives.

    • Create a management plan with patients which includes non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments for heart failure and any co-morbidities, to improve patient outcomes.

    • Review and deprescribe, where possible, potentially harmful medicines to reduce cardiac risk and exacerbation of heart failure.

    • Evaluate patients with heart failure who would benefit from referral to support/specialist services to improve medicines up-titration and adherence, and reduce rehospitalisations.