April 15, 2016

This is the second of a three part look at the Heart Team by CHMP Media Fellow Yael Maxwell looking at the Heart yael maxwellTeam in practice: what works, what doesn’t, and what the future may hold. This story originally appeared on TCTMD.com. Read Part 1 here.

 

As  previously reported, the concept of the Heart Team varies widely within the cardiology community. But as all researchers know, the truth is in the data.

 

In January, TCTMD polled its readers through targeted emails and social media to find out what they think of the Heart Team and how it works in their hospitals. On top of demographic information, the survey asked questions about the usefulness and value of the Heart Team, who benefits from it most, and what barriers prevent its optimal function.

 

Of note, respondents were also queried about how they include patients in the Heart Team process and about their satisfaction with how their administration supports teamwork.

 

Overall, 254 cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, coordinators, and other players responded. The anonymity of the survey gave those who responded the chance to be candid and honest. Their thoughts may surprise you.

 

We have compiled the results into an infographic—the first of its kind on TCTMD.  To view it, please click the image below. You can also download a PDF.

 

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