Improving Outcomes for Heart Failure

Project:

Improving outcomes following hospitalisation for Heart Failure in Regional and Remote NSW

LHD Lead:

Hunter New England

Research Project:

The project entitled ‘Improving Outcomes Following Hospitalisation for Heart Failure in Regional and Remote NSW’, aims to intervene at a primary care level to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs by reducing preventable admissions.

In NSW alone, heart failure healthcare costs are estimated at $1bn/year, mainly related to hospitalisation costs. NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) has identified HF service delivery as a key area for improvement.

The focus of this project is to improve timely diagnosis and treatment, through the implementation of a GP education ‘masterclass’, involving NT-proBNP monitoring, patient-centred daily HF diary and home-based HF exercise program.

Project Lead:

Associate Professor Aaron Sverdlov.