Heart failure mortality prediction using PRISM score and development of a classification and regression tree model to refer patients for palliative care consultation

ConclusionOur study suggests PRISM score performed as well as modified SHFM for one-year mortality prediction. Moreover, the addition of modified SHFM to PRISM score increases discriminatory ability in predicting 1-year mortality in heart failure patients compared to either of the two models alone. Together, when combined in a CART model, they can be used to identify the population subset with the highest mortality risk and hence guide goals of care discussion.
Source: IJC Heart and Vasculature - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research

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