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Evaluating the effect of setting up a nurse-led heart failure service

In the UK 880,000 people have definite or probable chronic heart failure, with 63,000 new cases being identified each year (Department of Health, 2003). Of these 40 per cent will die within one year, resulting in worse prognostic survival rates than breast and prostate cancer (West Midlands Director of Public Health and West Midlands Regional Cancer Registry, 1995).

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