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The purpose of this study is to investigate the effect of an early, coordinated rehabilitation intervention for patients with severe heart failure in NYHA class III and IV with a ejection fraction of <40% of normal cardiac function measured on frequency of readmissions, physical ability and participation in activities of daily living and quality of life.

Clinical Trial Description

Approximately 400,000 Danes live today with heart disease. Disease severity is crucial for patients quality of life. Patients with severe heart disease often struggle with everyday life, characterized by reduced physical capacity, tendency to depression and anxiety to perform everyday activities that may provoke symptoms.

A large proportion of patients who are offered cardiac rehabilitation deselect that offer. Of the patients who do participate, more than 50% stop the rehabilitation ahead of time. A large group of patients with severe heart failure and classified in NYHA Class III and IV, deselect the offer because of lack of energy to participate in cardiac rehabilitation or is when specified by a medical assessment discharged from the hospital without the offer of training or any other form of rehabilitation.

The offer of rehabilitation for patients with severe heart failure is lacking as it is today. This study assesses the effectiveness of an early home based rehabilitation program that complements the general psycho-social support, symptom-oriented and preventive medical treatment that these patients always have the option to get. ;

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Related Conditions & MeSH terms

NCT number NCT01669395
Study type Interventional
Source University Hospital, Gentofte, Copenhagen
Contact Laura Staun Valentiner, Master in health scien
Phone + 45 39 77 39 51
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase N/A
Start date September 2012
Completion date July 2016

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