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.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Congestive Heart Failure|
|State||Published - 1999|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Emergency Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine