The handbook is designed to help solve problems and drive change that will make a meaningful difference to care for people living with heart failure. It will:
Empowerment of patients, carers and families is vital for long-term engagement in self-care. Every person living with heart failure has a unique journey. They may have to accommodate challenging physical, psychological, professional and therapeutic adjustment.
The needs of heart failure patients are not static; therefore, there is no single optimal care journey. There are three very typical phases of heart failure: diagnosis; care and follow-up; and living with heart failure. Depending on progression of the disease, people with heart failure may have episodes that require return to acute care or enhanced medical supervision.
Since 2015, the Heart Failure Policy Network has set out to make a meaningful difference to care for people living with heart failure. In 2017–18, we aimed to provide national policy advocates with a pragmatic tool to engage decision makers in implementing integrated heart failure care. The result, The handbook of multidisciplinary and integrated heart failure care has several aims:
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The handbook of multidisciplinary and integrated heart failure care made possible with financial support from Novartis Pharma. Additional support for the handbook launch in September 2018 was provided by Bayer AG.
As with all materials produced by HFPN, the handbook’s content is not biased to any specific treatment or therapy, and is endorsed and owned by the Network’s members, who have full editorial control. All members provide their time for free.