The growing prevalence of heart failure threatens the sustainability of our healthcare systems – concerted action is required, yet few policymakers recognise the magnitude of the heart failure challenge, both in terms of its economic and societal impact.
Heart failure policy and practice in Europe aims to better equip national advocates across Europe with a clear picture of central leadership and overall performance in terms of major pillars of health services, treatment and care. It provides a comprehensive analysis of national policy issues in HF, key gaps in care and examples of best practice investigated in 11 European countries.
This work, which is the natural successor to The handbook of multidisciplinary and integrated heart failure care, includes a pan-European report and 11 standalone country profiles. These reports will be launched on 17 November 2020, forming the basis of the HFPN’s advocacy efforts in 2021 and beyond.
The HFPN began by developing a list of elements for consideration in each country: the HF policy and practice indicators. These indicators fall into two domains: policy indicators are those that focus on the status and comprehensiveness of HF policies and guidance, while practice indicators aim to capture the reality of clinical practice.
These indicators were used to investigate the reality of HF policy and care delivery in Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.