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.
This project 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 informs 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.
In 2022, the HFPN launched a series of country-specific advocacy briefings that identify existing tools and mechanisms available to drive system change at the national and local levels. Further reports for France, Italy and Germany will be published in 2023.
Download France briefing
The first report launched as part of this research gives an overview of opportunities for change following the release of the updated guidelines. If you would like to share the messages from this report, please find the accompanying communications pack here.
This report gives an overview of how key international guidelines are developed, in addition to notable changes in the latest European Society of Cardiology (2021) and American Heart Association (2022) heart failure guidelines. The 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.
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 11 European countries.
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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.
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’:
Read more about these ‘policy hooks’ in Opportunities for change following the 2021 European Society of Cardiology heart failure guidelines.