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Self-management counselling has no effect on heart failure mortality

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Giving self-management counselling to patients with mild to moderate heart failure to try to get them to improve their adherence to medical advice does not reduce their chance of dying or being hospitalised for heart failure, researchers have found.

The American study reveals that patients with the conditions who received the counselling alongside educational materials did not have reduced death or hospitalisation rates compared to patients who received the educational materials alone.

It looked at 902 patients with mild to moderate heart failure or contraction of the heart who had received a year of counselling.

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