ARF / RHD Guideline
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+ By RHDAustralia
Applying the latest available evidence, RHDAustralia, an initiative of the Menzies School of Health Research, led a comprehensive review of the 2006 guideline originally produced by the Heart Foundation and the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand.
The revised guideline, funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing expands on the first edition to provide clinicians with additional information on preventative action, diagnosis and management of acute rheumatic fever (ARF) and rheumatic heart disease (RHD).
The new guideline has clarified common questions and broadened the diagnosis criteria for probable ARF in high risk groups in order to assist clinicians when there are uncertain cases of ARF. A summary of the changes within the revised guideline can be found on pages 7-9 of the full guideline available from www.rhdaustralia.org.au.
RHDAustralia envisages that reduced improved clinical care will result from improved and updated clinical care procedures for ARF and RHD patients.