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The goal is to define a set of clinical pathways for heart failure patients, reflecting the period from prior to admission to the post-discharge period following hospitalisation, under the current system that exists at the two clinical sites [as mentioned previously, the main site is at St Vincent's University Hospital in Dublin, but to ensure generalizability the project team will also carry out similar work Portsmouth Hospital, United Kingdom]. These pathways have been drawn up using the experience of the clinical investigators, using an interactive workshop approach and a pilot study.

1. Pre-Admission Pathway

2. Emergency Department Pathway

3. In-Hospital management Pathway

4. Pre-discharge Pathway

5. Post-Discharge Pathway

During identification of these pathways, the research team identified the settings/personnel that require study to more fully comprehend the methods, strengths and weaknesses of the present processes. Study activities are focused on two aspects of the patient journey, immediately before discharge and three months post discharge during the outpatient phase.

Clinical Trial Description

Heart failure is a significant public health issue with a prevalence of over 2%, and is among the leading causes of hospital admission worldwide, particularly in those over-65 years. Patients with heart failure frequently require acute hospitalisation and are at increased risk of mortality (more than half of heart failure patients will die within five years of initial diagnosis, American Heart Association). The high hospital admission rate and readmission reduce quality of life and significantly drive up the costs of health care provision for these patients. Moreover, there is a high variability in the reported readmission rates across institutions and countries, indicating that the structure of health care delivery is variable and of significant importance to outcome in this population. This study sets out to investigate the most clinically effective and cost- efficient method of delivering care to patients with heart failure focusing on the phase immediately before hospital admission, the hospital stay and the immediate discharge period, through analysis of the current standards of practice in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. ;

Study Design

Related Conditions & MeSH terms

NCT number NCT02921607
Study type Observational
Source Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Status Completed
Start date September 2016
Completion date July 2018

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