Russian Heart Failure Journal 2006year What do we know about each other? On the interaction between state social and medical services


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What do we know about each other? On the interaction between state social and medical services

Nechaeva G.I., Temnikova E.A., Boridko G.I., Solodnikova L.D., Nikel I.S.

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Urgency. Most patients with CHF are people of elderly and senile age who need caregiving. Therefore the issue of improving the interaction between social and medical workers is urgent. Aim. Evaluating the incidence of senile patients with CHF in practice of social workers and generalists; determining the level of social worker’s knowledge on signs and treatment of CHF; revealing possible means of the interaction between social and medical workers in assistance to CHF patients at the outpatient stage. Materials and methods. 25 family physicians and 127 social workers of at–home service centers were interviewed. Results. The fact gives concern that neither social workers nor physicians know physiology of ageing and that they equate age–related alterations and CHF. Knowledge of social workers on major manifestations of CHF is not sufficient. At present time physicians and social worker are lacking a common understanding of the problem on cooperative assistance to senile patients with CHF.

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