Implementation of a multidisciplinary disease management program for heart failure patients

B. Riegel, T. Thomason, B. Carlson, B. Bernasconi, A. Clark, P. Hoagland, P. Liu, D. Maringer, A. Rizos, J. Watkins

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Abstract

Institutions across the country are considering the feasibility of a disease management program for heart failure (HF) patients. Published reports suggest that such programs can save money and improve outcomes. However, the design of a disease management program can be challenging. This paper describes the structure and function of a successful disease management program for heart failure patients. The program is supported by a multidisciplinary team of nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, and physicians who approach the problem from a self care perspective. Program components include standardized educational materials, reinforcement of educational contacts, monthly support groups, and a quarterly newsletter. Existing staff built the program with few additional resources and staff. The program, which costs only approximately $330/patient for a 6 month intervention, has decreased hospital readmissions (29%) and days in the hospital (43%) significantly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-170
Number of pages7
JournalCongestive Heart Failure
Volume5
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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