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On 5 September 2018 leading figures from clinical, patient, NGO and political sectors gathered in the European Parliament, Brussels, to launch a landmark new policy resource: The handbook of multidisciplinary and integrated heart failure care. The report and event were led by the Heart Failure Policy Network, a multidisciplinary and pan-European expert group working since 2015 to raise awareness of the condition amongst policy makers.


Multidisciplinary and integrated models present a huge opportunity to provide high-quality and sustainable heart failure management. This is vital for many reasons, not least that 15 million people across Europe currently live with heart failure, and today heart failure is the leading cause of unplanned hospital admissions. The prevalence of heart failure is also set to rise significantly in the coming years. Yet despite the wealth of evidence that such care is hugely beneficial and sustainable, there are many barriers to their delivery and access is hugely varied across Europe.

The handbook is a practical resource designed to help heart failure advocates communicate a clear, evidence-based case for change, and to win support among national and regional decision makers. It highlights 10 key demands on European governments to improve existing care and ensure readiness for the future burden of heart failure. The report has been endorsed by 35 leading patient advocacy, scientific and professional organisations.

To download copies of the handbook, please see or contact [email protected]


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