Close the clinics and cancel home visits in heart failure management? What do the results of the DIAL Trial really tell us?

Robyn Clark, Simon Stewart

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    Abstract

    Dear Editor

    The recently published DIAL trial [1] is a welcome addition to the increasing
    number of studies demonstrating the benefits of applying dedicated chronic
    heart failure (HF) management programs. [2] In the first multi-centre randomised trial including more than 1500 patients followed for more than a year, the GESICA Investigators demonstrated that a simple and effective telephone intervention applied by highly trained nurses resulted in a significant reduction in HF admissions. A key question, of course, is how can we interpret the results of the DIAL trial relative to other popular forms of HF management? Should
    we accept the author’s assertions that
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)425
    Number of pages1
    JournalBritish Medical Journal
    Volume331
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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