Follow-up of ischemic cardiopathy, an essential moment in the communication between in-patient and out-patient setting: problems and opportunities

Italo Paolini



It is known that the transition from the inpatient to the outpatient setting is a critical time. Evidence suggests that contact between patients and providers (i.e., physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants) during this interval may be crucial for appropriate treatment modifications and recognition of errors in treatment. Ambulatory follow-up provides opportunities for clinical assessment, patient education, and medication review, which may in turn improve outcomes. However, little is known about the appropriate timing and type of follow-up that is necessary following hospitalization for AMI. In Italian System of Heath contact between general pratictioner and specialists, after dicharge, is critical moment for management of chronic pharmacological and non pharmacological therapy. If professional approaches are not integrated can reduce patients compliance and effectiveness of therapies themselves. Good management of chronic cardiovascular disease requires attention to stenghtening the continuity of information and management of patients.


Ambulatory follow-up; Coronary hearth disease; Chronic therapy; Disease management; Continuity of information; Effectiveness

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