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The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the Summit Participants and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the American College of Cardiology Foundation and American Heart Association. Background The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) and the American Heart Association (AHA) have jointly engaged in the development… (More)
CONTEXT Assessment of quality of care in heart failure has focused on the development and use of process-based performance measures, with the presumption that these processes are associated with improved clinical outcomes. However, this link remains largely untested. OBJECTIVE To examine the relationship between current American College of… (More)
AIMS Hyponatraemia has been shown to be an independent predictor of mortality in selected patients with heart failure enrolled in clinical trials. The predictive value of hyponatraemia has not been evaluated in unselected patients hospitalized with heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS OPTIMIZE-HF is a registry and performance-improvement programme for… (More)
BACKGROUND Several therapies are guideline-recommended to reduce mortality in patients with heart failure (HF) and reduced left ventricular ejection fraction, but the incremental clinical effectiveness of these therapies has not been well studied. We aimed to evaluate the individual and incremental benefits of guideline-recommended HF therapies associated… (More)
BACKGROUND Assessment of the quality of care for outpatients with heart failure (HF) has focused on the development and use of process-based performance measures, with the supposition that these care process measures are associated with clinical outcomes. However, this association has not been evaluated for current and emerging outpatient HF measures. … (More)
As telehealth plays an even greater role in global health care delivery, it will be increasingly important to develop a strong evidence base of successful, innovative telehealth solutions that can lead to scalable and sustainable telehealth programs. This paper has two aims: (1) to describe the challenges of promoting telehealth implementation to advance… (More)
BACKGROUND Differences in hospital staffing may influence outcomes for patients with acute conditions, including heart failure (HF), depending on which day of the week the patients are admitted. This study examined the relationship between the day of the week patients are hospitalized for HF and death rate, length of stay (LOS), and rehospitalization rate.… (More)