Heart failure policy and practice in Europe aims to better equip national advocates across Europe to hold decision-makers to account in terms of plans and performance in the area of heart failure (HF).
The growing prevalence of HF threatens the sustainability of our healthcare systems, so concerted action is urgently required. Yet few policymakers recognise the magnitude of the HF challenge, both in terms of its economic and societal impact, and it has been ignored as a health system priority for decades.
In response to the clear need to advance HF policy and care, the HFPN embarked on a critique of HF policy and system performance in 11 European countries. This work, which is the natural successor to The handbook of multidisciplinary and integrated heart failure care, identifies critical gaps in HF policy and system performance, and promotes best practice in HF policy and care delivery.
The project will officially launch with the publication of all 12 reports on 17 November 2020. It will then form 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.