Understanding National Variation and Effects of Interventions at different Levels of Care for Heart Failure
Despite recent advances in the diagnosis and management of heart failure in Britain, morbidity and mortality from this condition remains high and widely variable. The risk of premature death is often higher than most types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer. Many heart failure patients have a poor quality of life and readmission to hospital is common.
In recent years, the National Heart Failure Audit (NHFA) and the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) have become rich sources of information on care delivery and outcomes for patients admitted to hospital with heart failure and of those managed in the community. These databases allow us to measure inequalities and look for the reasons behind them.
The project UNVEIL-CHF will utilise existing datasets to assess the disparities in care pathways and outcomes for patients with heart failure in the United Kingdom.
The findings will have immediate benefits to patients and providers and will guide future research into service planning for the management of heart failure.