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Evidence to Improve Care

Heart Failure

Care in the Community


A quality standard currently in development




The heart failure quality standard addresses the diagnosis and management of heart failure in adults aged 18 years and older, with a focus on management in community and outpatient settings.

The standard will address how to identify new or worsening symptoms of heart failure (dyspnea, fatigue, or edema), but will not provide guidance on the in-hospital management of acute exacerbations of heart failure.

CorHealth Ontario, formerly the Cardiac Care Network, and Health Quality Ontario are collaborating on the development of this quality standard.

The work on this quality standard started in May 2017.

Virtual Town Hall: November 2017

For more information, contact QualityStandards@HQOntario.ca.


Health Quality Ontario thanks the following individuals for their generous, voluntary contributions of time and expertise to help create this quality standard:

Debbie Korzeniowski (Co-Chair)
Executive Director,
Prince Edward Family Health Team

Robert McKelvie (Co-Chair)
Professor of Medicine,
Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Western University

Eleanor Kent
Nurse Educator,
Smithville Medical Centre Family Health Team

Rakesh Kumar Bhargava
Lakeridge Health,
Oshawa & Heart Care, Oshawa

Janice Hall
Pharmacist,
Prince Edward Family Health Team

Jeff Myers
Director,
Division of Palliative Care, University of Toronto

Peter McPhedran
Primary Care Lead,
Chronic Disease Prevention Management, Waterloo-Wellington LHIN

Erin Miller
Lecturer,
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

Shvan Korsheed
Cardiologist,
New Vision Family Health Team

Sabe De
Cardiologist,
London Health Sciences Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Western University

Colleen Lackey
Clinical Practice Manager,
Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)

George Heckman
Associate Professor,
School of Public Health and Health Systems, University of Waterloo

Patti Staples
Nurse Practitioner,
Heart Failure Clinic, Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Trudy MulderHall
Lived Experience Advisor

Douglas Lee
Associate Professor of Medicine,
University of Toronto

Margaret Brum
Registered Dietitian,
Ted Rogers Centre of Excellence in Heart Function at PMCC, Toronto General Hospital and University Health Network (UHN) Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program

Esther Doucette
Social Worker,
Cardiac Rehabilitiation, The University of Ottawa Heart Institute.

Geoffrey Feldman
Lived Experience Advisor

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