Improving Quality of Life for Patients with Angina Pectoris: A Team Approach to Disease Management
Margaret E. Cupples
The evaluation of outcome of management of patients with angina pectoris is now inextricably linked with an assessment of quality of life. Angina pectoris, as a manifestation of coronary heart disease, is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in many countries. Optimal management of patients with angina pectoris is of undeniable national and global significance. This paper indicates the importance of a team approach and the implications for patients' quality of life of involving professionals with a variety of different skills. Current guidelines for the management of patients with angina pectoris include aspects of diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation which involve multi-professional input. A wide variety of factors have relevance to the management of patients as individuals. A coordinated team approach should lead to improved quality of life and reduced severity of symptoms for these patients and benefit for both the individual and society.
Angina pectoris, Disease management programmes, Ischaemic heart disorder therapies, Patient education, Pharmacoeconomics, Quality of life
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