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June 4, 2008

Predicting Life Expectancy in Heart Failure

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute, Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas, Texas.

JAMA. 2008;299(21):2566-2567. doi:10.1001/jama.299.21.2566

In this issue of JAMA, Allen and colleagues1 report findings from a provocative study that identifies a disconnection between patient-predicted and model-predicted life expectancy among ambulatory patients with heart failure. In so doing, this study provides challenges to evaluating the need to know prognosis, communicating prognostic information, and anticipating the consequences of such information for a patient with heart failure.

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