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Table 5 Limitations preventing management of heart failure patients

From: Heart failure management insights from primary care physicians and allied health care providers in Southwestern Ontario

CategoryaFamily PhysicianResidentSpecialistInternistOther HCPTotal
Lacking Experience11 (9.3)3 (2.5)1 (0.8)15 (12.7)
 HF Guidelines9 (7.6)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)11 (9.3)
 Current drug therapy9 (7.6)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)11 (9.3)
 Medication management for patients with HF and co-morbidities8 (6.8)2 (1.7)1 (0.8)11 (9.3)
 How to read test results5 (4.2)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)7 (5.9)
 Patient/family/caregiver education6 (5.1)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)8 (6.8)
 No limitations in experience category17 (14.4)2 (1.7)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)21 (17.8)
Lacking Education/Training9 (7.6)3 (2.5)1 (0.8)13 (11)
 HF Guidelines8 (6.8)1 (0.8)9 (7.6)
 Current drug therapy7 (5.9)1 (0.8)8 (6.8)
 Medication management for patients with HF and co-morbidities6 (5.1)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)8 (6.8)
 How to read test results5 (4.2)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)7 (5.9)
 Patient/family/caregiver education5 (4.2)5 (4.2)
 No limitations in education/training category19 (16.1)2 (1.7)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)23 (19.5)
Lacking Resources20 (16.9)5 (4.2)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)27 (22.9)
 Practice set up (i.e., availability of nurses and support staff)15 (12.7)4 (3.4)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)21 (17.8)
 Communication resources (i.e., other doctors, specialists)12 (10.2)2 (1.7)1 (0.8)1 (0.8)16 (13.6)
 Time11 (9.3)3 (2.5)14 (11.9)
 Patient load4 (3.4)1 (0.8)5 (4.2)
 Money1 (0.8)1 (0.8)2 (1.7)
 No limitations in resources category8 (6.8)1 (0.8)9 (7.6)
 Other11 (9.3)1 (0.8)12 (10.2)
  1. Bold numbers indicate total number of respondents per HCP category
  2. HCP Health care professionals, HF heart failure
  3. aData reported as number and percentage derived from all initial survey respondents (n = 118)