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Evidence to Improve Care

Heart Failure

Care in the Community for Adults



This quality standard addresses care for adults who have heart failure, including the assessment and diagnosis of people with suspected heart failure. It applies to community settings, including primary care, specialist care, home care, hospital outpatient clinics, and long-term care.

It does not address care provided in hospital emergency departments or inpatient settings. It does not discuss heart failure related to inherited cardiac conditions. It also does not address the prevention of heart failure, although it does provide guidance on risks and lifestyle factors that may affect the progression of heart failure.

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


Thank you for your comments and feedback. The consultation period has now ended.

The two guides below are in draft form. Please check back here in a few months for the finalized guides and for a variety of other resources related to this standard.

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Patient Conversation Guide

If you have heart failure: Know what to ask for in your care

Read more

Patient Conversation Guide cover

Quality Standard

Health care professionals: know and offer the highest quality care based on the best available evidence

Learn more

The clinical guide cover

The work on this quality standard started in May 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)
Cardiologist,
Professor of Medicine, Western University

Rakesh Bhargava
Cardiologist,
Lakeridge Health and Heart Care

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

Sabe De
Cardiologist,
London Health Sciences Centre, Western University

Esther Doucette
Social Worker,
University of Ottawa Heart Institute

Geoffrey Feldman
Lived Experience Advisor

Janice Hall
Pharmacist,
Prince Edward Family Health Team

George Heckman
Internal Medicine Physician and Geriatrician,
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Waterloo

Eleanor Kent
Registered Nurse,
Smithville Medical Centre Family Health Team

Shvan Korsheed
Primary Care Physician,
New Vision Family Health Team

Colleen Lackey
Registered Nurse,
Clinical Practice Manager, Ontario Telemedicine Network

Douglas S. Lee
Ted Rogers Chair in Heart Function Outcomes;
Division of Cardiology, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and University Health Network;

Senior Scientist,
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences;

Associate Professor of Medicine,
University of Toronto

Peter McPhedran
Primary Care Physician,
Chronic Disease Prevention Management Primary Care Lead, Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network

Erin Miller
Physiotherapist,
University of Toronto

Trudy Mulder-Hall
Lived Experience Advisor

Jeff Myers
Palliative Care Physician,
Head–Division of Palliative Care, University of Toronto

Patti Staples
Nurse Practitioner,
Kingston Health Sciences Centre

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