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Heart Failure Care Delivery in the COVID-19 Era: The Patients’ Perspective

Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
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Healthcare 2021, 9(3), 245; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030245
Received: 2 February 2021 / Revised: 21 February 2021 / Accepted: 22 February 2021 / Published: 1 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Coronaviruses (CoV) and COVID-19 Pandemic)
Purpose: The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is changing healthcare delivery around the world with hospital systems experiencing a dramatic decline in patient volumes. Surveying our center’s heart failure (HF) clinic population, we aimed to understand our patients’ perception of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and care delivery preferences. Methods: Patients with chronic HF presenting either in-person or virtually were approached to complete a ten question, anonymous, voluntary survey. Acutely decompensated patients and heart transplant recipients were excluded. Results: 109 patients completed the survey. Average age was 62 ± 14 years, 67% were male, and 59% had HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Overall, patients were worried about contracting COVID-19 and believed they were prone to more severe infection given their underlying HF. However, they were not hesitant to initiate healthcare contact for symptoms and preferred in-person appointments over virtual visits. Although the difference did not reach statistical significance, female patients and those with HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) were more concerned. Conclusions: Patients with HF are concerned about their increased risk of contracting COVID-19. However, they are actively seeking healthcare contact and prefer in-person over virtual visits. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; heart failure care delivery; telemedicine; patient survey COVID-19; heart failure care delivery; telemedicine; patient survey
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Fraser, M.; Mutschler, M.; Newman, C.; Sackman, K.; Mehdi, B.; Wick, L.; Duval, S.; Francis, G.S.; Alexy, T. Heart Failure Care Delivery in the COVID-19 Era: The Patients’ Perspective. Healthcare 2021, 9, 245. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030245

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Fraser M, Mutschler M, Newman C, Sackman K, Mehdi B, Wick L, Duval S, Francis GS, Alexy T. Heart Failure Care Delivery in the COVID-19 Era: The Patients’ Perspective. Healthcare. 2021; 9(3):245. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030245

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Fraser, Meg, Melinda Mutschler, Christie Newman, Kerry Sackman, Batul Mehdi, Linda Wick, Sue Duval, Gary S. Francis, and Tamas Alexy. 2021. "Heart Failure Care Delivery in the COVID-19 Era: The Patients’ Perspective" Healthcare 9, no. 3: 245. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare9030245

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