The paper describes the Optimize Heart Failure Care Program, which includes inexpensive initiatives to improve prescription of appropriate guidelines-recommended drug therapies, patient education and engagement, and post-discharge planning. It also reviews key learnings about the implementation of this Program and preliminary findings concerning its impact on clinical practice.
Main highlights of the paper:
- Global implementation of the Optimize Heart Failure Care Program is encouraging.
- Preliminary data suggest that it can optimize drug prescribing after heart failure hospitalization.
- It is raising awareness of heart failure and generating useful data on current practice.
- Good evidence-based care can be achieved with simple tools and little investment.
Link to article: Cowie MR et al. The Optimize Heart Failure Care Program: Initial lessons from global implementation. International Journal of Cardiology. In Press.