The APULIA HF multicenter study: efficacy of a management protocol shared between hospital and territorial health services for acute decompensated heart failure patients
Studio multicentrico APULIA HF: efficacia di un protocollo di gestione condiviso fra ospedale e territorio dei pazienti ospedalizzati per scompenso cardiaco acuto

Massimo Iacoviello, Sergio Pede, Nadia Aspromonte, Francesca Bux, Mariligia Panunzio, Vittorio Donadeo, Alessandra De Castro, Ettore Antoncecchi, Nicola D'Amato, Elisabetta Squiccimarro, Bartolomeo Silvestri, Lucia Malerba (+10 others)
2017 Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia  
The aim of this study was to demonstrate the efficacy of a management model to reduce hospitalizations in patients recently admitted for acute decompensated heart failure. The management model was based on a close integration between hospital and territory health services. Clinical evaluation, ECG, echocardiographic findings, total body bioimpedance and brain natriuretic peptide serum levels were used to assess clinical stability of patients at discharge and during follow-up. A dedicated nurse
more » ... care manager) was involved in patient empowerment, telephone follow-up, check of adherence to therapy and clinical conditions, and management of scheduled evaluations. All hospitalizations occurring prior to or after enrolment in the municipalities involved in the study were considered, as well as the hospitalizations occurring among enrolled patients. A total of 301 patients were enrolled, 226 of them from the Centers of the Puglia Region, Italy. An overall reduction of 6% in total hospitalizations with DRG 127 was observed; the reduction was most evident in the two centers with the smaller reference population (-16% and -26%, respectively). In the group of patients enrolled, an overall reduction in hospital admissions was observed after comparing the period before and after enrolment. A significant increase in the prescription rate of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor/angiotensin receptor blockers, beta-blockers and aldosterone antagonists was also observed. Finally, an overall reduction in the costs for patient management was demonstrated. Similar results were obtained in the two additional Centers of the Basilicata and Lazio Regions. An integrated management between hospital and territory allows optimization of the management of heart failure patients, with improvement of therapy and reduction in hospitalizations and management costs.
doi:10.1714/2663.27300 pmid:28398368 fatcat:bvvvwtsgpbbsjb4s6xnr7a4xxq