Heart failure management programmes in Europe.
T Jaarsma, A Strömberg, S De Geest, B Fridlund, J Heikkila, J Mårtensson, P Moons, W Scholte op Reimer, K Smith, S Stewart, DR Thompson
European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing | Published : 2006
BACKGROUND: The ESC guidelines recommend that an organised system of specialist heart failure (HF) care should be established to improve outcomes of HF patients. The aim of this study was therefore to identify the number and the content of HF management programmes in Europe. METHOD: A two-phase descriptive study was conducted: an initial screening to identify the existence of HF management programmes; and a survey to describe the content in countries where at least 30% of the hospitals had a programme. RESULTS: Of the 43 European countries approached, 26 (60%) estimated the percentage of HF management programmes. Seven countries reported that they had such programmes in more than 30% of thei..View full abstract