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Telemonitoring changes the working practice of cardiac nurses
Date:4/8/2009

Nursing and Allied Professions (CCNAP).

Mary O'Connor, President of the Irish Nurses Cardiovascular Association, who is co-hosting this year's meeting, adds: "The meeting offers an invaluable opportunity for health professionals to network and meet with international colleagues to find out about the different ways of doing things. It allows best practice to be shared and will hopefully give delegates a lot of new ideas that they can introduce into their own clinical practice."

At the meeting more than 100 abstracts will be presented in poster, moderated poster and oral sessions reporting original research and clinical projects by nurses and allied health professionals. One such abstract by Ivonne Lesman (Groningen, The Netherlands) demonstrates that heart failure patients with new onset depression are significantly more likely to be readmitted to hospital (abstract 90082). The study, says Lesman, demonstrates the importance of screening for depressive symptoms in heart failure patients.

"We hope that the presentation of high-quality research will encourage more nurses and allied professionals not only to read and review research, but also to conduct more well-designed studies that build evidence for practice," says Professor Deaton.

Patients welcome telemonitoring

Telemonitoring is just one example of the cutting edge technology that is becoming integrated into every day cardiology practice. "Until now telemonitoring has largely featured in research trials, but this technology is on the cusp of becoming mainstream, and likely to result in a major change to the working practices of heart failure nurses," says Jill Riley, from the Royal Brompton Hospital, (London, UK), who is speaking in Friday's session exploring how telemonitoring can be used to enhance the self care of heart failure patients.

Telemonitoring, where telecommunications equipment is installed into patients' homes, enables a higher proporti
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