There are over 10 million people living with heart failure in Europe, but 28% of them are not receiving guideline-recommended best-practice care. This is unacceptable. International clinical societies have produced evidence-based guidelines which, if properly implemented, could improve and extend the lives of people with heart failure and help to reduce pressure on health systems and economies. But these important opportunities cannot be grasped without change in policy and practice.
From guidelines to action aims to equip and empower the heart failure community with information and insight around clinical guidelines and how they can be implemented. Through a series of publications, HFPN will inform advocates about the European Society of Cardiology guidelines, the processes by which they are developed and, crucially, how they can be implemented through effective policies.
This project follows on from our earlier work: Understanding heart failure guidelines, which explained the context and content of heart failure clinical guidelines; and Heart failure policy and practice in Europe, which detailed the current state of heart failure care and surrounding policies in eleven European countries.
The first report to be launched as part of this project, From guidelines to action: opportunities for change following the 2021 European Society of Cardiology heart failure guidelines, gives an overview of opportunities for change following the release of these updated guidelines. If you would like to share the messages from this report, please find the accompanying communications pack here.
In September 2022, HFPN launched What’s new in international guidelines? This report gives an overview of how key international guidelines are developed, in addition to key changes in the updated versions of the European Society of Cardiology (2021) and American Heart Association (2022) heart failure guidelines. This report also offers tips on how heart failure advocates might use updates to the guidelines to engage with policymakers and drive forward improvements in care and outcomes.
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The updated heart failure guidelines, published by the European Society of Cardiology in 2021, represent a significant opportunity to improve heart failure care across Europe.
The guidelines emphasise the importance of delivering truly person-centred care to each person living with heart failure. This care should include the following:
If this kind of care were to become a reality for every person with heart failure, their quality of life could significantly improve, and their risk of hospitalisation and premature death decrease.
We know how to improve care and outcomes for people with heart failure, but there are barriers to implementation, including inequitable access to treatment, gaps in collaboration between medical specialties, workforce pressures and a lack of accountability for guideline implementation at national and local levels.
We hope to provide the heart failure community with the information they need to engage policymakers and push for guidelines to be translated into action. To aid this, we suggest the following ‘policy hooks’: