Heart Failure

Heart Failure

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Scientific Articles

Recent Articles (Added 8/19):

Chava R, Karki N, Ketlogetswe K, Ayala T. Multidisciplinary rounds in prevention of 30-day readmissions and decreasing length of stay in heart failure patients: A community hospital based retrospective study. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Jul;98(27):e16233. Abstract. Article.

Prior Articles:

Afari, M.E., Aoun, J., Khare, S. et al. Heart Fail Rev (2019). Article.

Al-Damluji MS, Dzara K, Hodshon B, et al. Association of Discharge Summary Quality with Readmission Risk for Patients Hospitalized with Heart Failure Exacerbation. Circulation Cardiovascular quality and outcomes. 2015;8(1):109-111. doi:10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.114.001476. AbstractArticle.

Albert NM, Barnason S, Deswal A, Hernandez A, Kociol R, Lee E, Paul S, Ryan CJ, White-Williams C; American Heart Association Complex Cardiovascular Patient and Family Care Committee of the Council on Cardiovascular and Stroke Nursing, Council on Clinical Cardiology, and Council on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research. Transitions of Care in Heart Failure: A Scientific Statement from the American Heart Association. Circ Heart Fail. 2015 Mar;8(2):384-409. doi:10.1161/HHF.0000000000000006. AbstractArticle.

Alspach JG. The Patient's Capacity for Self-care: Advocating for a Predischarge Assessment. Crit Care Nurse. 2011 Apr;31(2):10-4. doi: 10.4037/ccn2011419. AbstractArticle.

Arcilla D, Levin D, Sperber M. Transitioning Patients to Independence. Home Healthc Now. 2019 May-Jun;37(3):158-164. Abstract. 

Arora S, Patel P, Lahewala S, et al. Etiologies, Trends, and Predictors of 30-Day Readmission in Patients With Heart Failure. Am J Cardiol. 2017;119(5):760-769. doi:10.1016/j.amjcard.2016.11.022. Abstract.

Askren-Gonzalez A, Frater J. Case Management Programs for Hospital Readmission Prevention. Prof Case Manag. 2012 Sep-Oct;17(5):219-26; quiz 227-8. Abstract.

Baky V, Moran D, Warwick T, George A, Williams T, McWilliams E, Marine JE. Obtaining a follow-up appointment before discharge protects against readmission for patients with acute coronary syndrome and heart failure: A quality improvement project. Int J Cardiol. 2018 Apr 15:12-15. Abstract.   

Basoor A, Doshi NC, Cotant JF, Saleh T, Todorov M, Choksi N, Patel KC, Degregorio M, Mehta RH, Halabi AR. Decreased Readmissions and Improved Quality of Care with the Use of an Inexpensive Checklist in Heart Failure. Congest Heart Fail. 2013 Jul-Aug;19(4):200-6. doi: 10.1111/chf.12031. AbstractArticle.

Berman T, Clark N, Lemieux AA. Impact of Pharmacist-Driven Heart Failure in-Home Counseling on 30-Day Readmission Rates. Prof Case Manag. 2019 Jul-Aug;24(4): 194-200. Abstract.

Bodagh, Neil & Farooqi, Fahad. (2017). Improving the quality of heart failure discharge summaries. British Journal of Cardiology. 24. 10.5837/bjc.2017.015. Article.

Boykin A, Wright D, Stevens L, Gardner L. Interprofessional care collaboration for patients with heart failure. Am J Health Sys Pharm. 2018 Jan;75(1):e45-e49. Abstract.

Bradley EH, Sipsma H, Horwitz LI, et al. Hospital Strategy Uptake and Reductions in Unplanned Readmission Rates for Patients with Heart Failure: A Prospective Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2015;30(5):605-611. doi:10.1007/s11606-014-3105-5. AbstractArticle.

Chen C, Li X, Sun L, Cao S, Kang Y, Hong L, Liang Y, You G, Zhang Q. Post-discharge short message service improves short-term clinical outcome and self-care behaviour in chronic heart failure. ESC Heart Fail. 2019 Feb;6(1):164-173. AbstractArticle.

Comin-Colet J, Enjuanes C, Lupon J, Cainzos-Achirica M, Badosa N, Verdu JM. Transitions of Care Between Acute and Chronic Heart Failure: Critical Steps in the Design of a Multidisciplinary Care Model for the Prevention of Rehospitalization. Rev Esp Cardiol (Engl Ed). 2016;69(10):951-961. doi:10.1016/j.rec.2016.05.001. Abstract.

Dadosky A, Overbeck H, Barbetta L, Bertke K, Corl M, Daly K, Hiles N, Rector N, Chung E, Menon S. Telemanagement of Heart Failure Patients Across the Post-Acute Care Continuum. Telemed J E Health. 2018 May;24(5):360-366. Abstract.

Dall TM, Askarinam Wagner RC, Zhang Y, Yang W, Arday DR, Gantt CJ. Outcomes and Lessons Learned from Evaluating TRICARE’s Disease Management Programs. American Journal of Managed Care. 2010;16(6):438-446. Abstract.

Feltner C, Jones CD, Cené CW, Zheng ZJ, Sueta CA, Coker-Schwimmer EJ, Arvanitis M, Lohr KN, Middleton JC, Jonas DE. Transitional Care Interventions to Prevent Readmissions for Persons with Heart Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Jun 3;160(11):774-84. doi: 10.7326/M14-0083. Review. Abstract.

Garnier A, Rouiller N, Gachoud D, Nachar C, Voirol P, Griesser AC, Uhlmann M, Waeber G, Lamy O. Effectiveness of a transition plan at discharge of patients hospitalized with heart failure: a before-and-after study. ESC Heart Fail. 2018 Aug;5(4):657-667. AbstractArticle.

Greene SJ, Fonarow GC, Vaduganathan M, Khan SS, Butler J, Gheorghiade M. The Vulnerable Phase After Hospitalization for Heart Failure. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2015 Apr;12(4):220-9. doi: 10.1038/nrcardio.2015.14. Epub 2015 Feb 10. Review. Abstract.

Grossetti F, Ieva F, Paganoni AM. A multi-state approach to patients affected by chronic heart failure : The value added by administrative data. Health Care Manag Sci. 2018 Jun;21(2):281-291. Abstract.  

Gunadi S, Upfield S, Pham ND, Yea J, Schmiedeberg MB, Stahmer GD. Development of a Collaborative Transitions-of-Care Program for Heart Failure Patients. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy. 2015;72(13):1147-1152. doi:10.2146/ajhp140563. Abstract.

Gupta S, Zengul FD, Davlyatov GK, Weech-Maldonado R. Reduction in Hospitals' Readmission Rates: Role of Hospital-Based Skilled Nursing Facilities. Inquiry. 2019 Jan-Dec;56. AbstractArticle.

Henke RM, Karaca Z, Jackson P, Marder WD, Wong HS. Discharge Planning and Hospital Readmissions. Med Care Res Rev. 2016 May 4. pii: 1077558716647652. [Epub ahead of print]. Abstract.

Hilbert JP, Zasadil S, Keyser DJ, Peele PB. Using Decision Trees to Manage Hospital Readmission Risk for Acute Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, and Pneumonia. Appl Health Econ Health Policy. 2014 Dec;12(6):573-85. doi:10.1007/s40258-014-0124-7. AbstractArticle.

Horwitz LI, Moriarty JP, Chen C, et al. Quality of Discharge Practices and Patient Understanding at an Academic Medical Center. JAMA internal medicine. 2013;173(18):10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9318. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.9318. AbstractArticle.

Kalista T, Lemay V, Cohen L. Postdischarge Community Pharmacist-provided Home Services for Patients After Hospitalization for Heart Failure. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2015 Jul-Aug;55(4):438-42. doi: 10.1331/JAPhA.2015.14235. Abstract.

Koser KD, Ball LS, Homa JK, Mehta V. An Outpatient Heart Failure Clinic Reduces 30-Day Readmission and Mortality Rates for Discharged Patients: Process and Preliminary Outcomes. J Nurs Res. 2018 Dec;26(6):393-398. Abstract.

Kripalani S, Chen G, Ciampa P, Theobald C, Cao A, McBride M, Dittus RS, Speroff T. A transition care coordinator model reduces hospital readmissions and costs. Contemp Clin Trials. 2019 Apr 25; Epub ahead of print. Abstract. 

Lee KK, Yang J, Hernandez AF, Steimle AE, Go AS. Post-discharge Follow-up Characteristics Associated With 30-Day Readmission After Heart Failure Hospitalization. Med Care. 2016 Apr;54(4):365-72. doi:10.1097/MLR.0000000000000492. Abstract. 

Luder HR, Frede SM, Kirby JA, Epplen K, Cavanaugh T, Martin-Boone JE, Conrad WF, Kuhlmann D, Heaton PC. TransitionRx: Impact of Community Pharmacy Postdischarge Medication Therapy Management on Hospital Readmission Rate. J Am Pharm Assoc (2003). 2015 May-Jun;55(3):246-54. doi: 10.1331/JAPhA.2015.14060. Abstract.

Mathew S, Thukha H. Pilot testing of the effectiveness of nurse-guided, patient-centered heart failure education for older adults. Geriatr Nurs. 2018 Jul - Aug;39(4):376-381. Abstract.

McAlister FA, Youngson E, Bakal JA, Kaul P, Ezekowitz J, van Walraven C. Impact of Physician Continuity on Death or Urgent Readmission After Discharge Among Patients with Heart Failure. CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association Journal. 2013;185(14):E681-E689. doi:10.1503/cmaj.130048. AbstractArticle.

McCants KM, Reid KB, Williams I, Miller DE, Rubin R, Dutton S. The Impact of Case Management on Reducing Readmission for Patients Diagnosed With Heart Failure and Diabetes. Prof Case Manag. 2019 Jul-Aug;24(4):177-193. Abstract.

Moye PM, Chu PS, Pounds T, Thurston MM. Impact of a pharmacy team-led intervention program on the readmission rate of elderly patients with heart failure. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2018 Feb;75(4):183-190. Abstract.  

Murphy JA, Schroeder MN, Rarus RE, Yakubu I, McKee SOP, Martin SJ. Implementation of a Cardiac Transitions of Care Pilot Program: A Prospective Study of Inpatient and Outpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services for Patients With Heart Failure Exacerbation or Acute Myocardial Infarction. J Pharm Pract. 2019 Feb;32(1):68-76. Abstract.

Ong MK, Romano PS, Edgington S, et al. Effectiveness of Remote Patient Monitoring After Discharge of Hospitalized Patients With Heart Failure: The Better Effectiveness After Transition–Heart Failure (BEAT-HF) Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA internal medicine. 2016;176(3):310-318. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.7712. AbstractArticle.

Pacho C, Domingo M, Núñez R, Lupón J, Moliner P, de Antonio M, González B, Santesmases J, Vela E, Tor J, Bayes-Genis A. Early Postdischarge STOP-HF-Clinic Reduces 30-day Readmissions in Old and Frail Patients With Heart Failure.  Rev Esp Cardiol (Engl Ed). 2017 Aug;70(8):631-638. AbstractArticle.

Pham PN, Xiao H, Sarayani A, Chen M, Brown JD. Risk Factors Associated With 7- Versus 30-Day Readmission Among Patients With Heart Failure Using the Nationwide Readmission Database. Med Care. 2019 Jan;57(1):1-7. Abstract.

Peter D, Robinson P, Jordan M, Lawrence S, Casey K, Salas-Lopez D. Reducing Readmissions Using Teach-back: Enhancing Patient and Family Education. J Nurs Adm. 2015 Jan;45(1):35-42. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000155. Abstract.

Pollard J, Oliver-McNeil S, Patel S, Mason L, Baker H. Impact of the Development of a Regional Collaborative to Reduce 30-Day Heart Failure Readmissions. J Nurs Care Qual. 2015 Oct-Dec;30(4):298-305. doi:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000116. Abstract.  

Regalbuto R, Maurer MS, Chapel D, Mendez J, Shaffer JA. Joint Commission Requirements for Discharge Instructions in Patients with Heart Failure: Is Understanding Important for Preventing Readmissions? Journal of cardiac failure. 2014;20(9):641-649. doi:10.1016/j.cardfail.2014.06.358. AbstractArticle.

Rice H, Say R, Betihavas V. The effect of nurse-led education on hospitalisation, readmission, quality of life and cost in adults with heart failure. A systematic review. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Oct 5. pii: S0738-3991(17)30557-8. [Epub ahead of print]. Abstract.

Safdari R, Jafarpour M, Mokhtaran M, Naderi N. Designing and Implementation of a Heart Failure Telemonitoring System. Acta Inform Med. 2017 Sept;25(3):156-162. AbstractArticle.

Salas CM, Miyares MA. Implementing a Pharmacy Resident Run Transition of Care Service for Heart Failure Patients: Effect on Readmission Rates. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2015 Jun 1;72(11 “Suppl 1):S43-7. doi: 10.2146/sp150012. Abstract.

Sawyer T, Nelson MJ, McKee V, Bowers MT, Meggitt C, Baxt SK, Washington D, Saladino L, Lehman EP, Brewer C, Locke SC, Abernethy A, Gilliss CL, Granger BB. Implementing Electronic Tablet-Based Education of Acute Care Patients. Crit Care Nurse. 2016 Feb;36(1):60-70. doi: 10.4037/ccn2016541. AbstractArticle.

Sperry BW, Ruiz G, Najjar SS. Hospital Readmission in Heart Failure, a Novel Analysis of a Longstanding Problem. Heart Fail Rev. 2015 May;20(3):251-8. doi:10.1007/s10741-014-9459-2. Review. Abstract.

Stevens S. Preventing 30-day Readmissions. Nurs Clin North Am. 2015 Mar;50(1):123-37. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2014.10.010. Abstract.

Still KL, Davis AK, Chilipko AA, Jenkosol A, Norwood DK. Evaluation of a Pharmacy-driven Inpatient Discharge Counseling Service: Impact on 30-day Readmission Rates. Consult Pharm. 2013 Dec;28(12):775-85. Doi: 10.4140/TCP.n.2013.775. Abstract.

Takeda A, Taylor SJ, Taylor RS, Khan F, Krum H, Underwood M. Clinical Service Organisation for Heart Failure. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2012;(9). doi:10.1002/14651858.CD002752.pub3. Abstract.

Tiozzo SN, Basso C, Capodaglio G, Schievano E, Dotto M, Avossa F, Fedeli U, Corti MC. Effectiveness of a community care management program for multimorbid elderly patients with heart failure in the Veneto Region. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2019 Jan 7;Epub ahead of print. Abstract.

Tsai PK, Wang RH, Lee CS, Tsai LM, Chen HM. Determinants of Self-care Decision-making in Hospitalised Patients with Heart Failure. J Clin Nurs. 2015 Apr;24(7-8):1101-11. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12722. Epub 2014 Nov 3. Abstract.

Uminski K, Komenda P, Whitlock R, Ferguson T, Nadurak S, Hochheim L, Tangri N, Rigatto C. Effect of post-discharge virtual wards on improving outcomes in heart failure and non-heart failure populations: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2018 Apr;13(4):e0196114. AbstractArticle.

Unruh MA, Trivedi AN, Grabowski DC, Mor V. Does Reducing Length of Stay Increase Rehospitalization Among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities? Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2013;61(9):1443-1448. doi:10.1111/jgs.12411. AbstractArticle.Van Spall HGC, Lee SF, Xie F, Oz UE, Perez R, Mitoff PR, Maingi M, Tjandrawidjaja MC, Heffernan M, Zia MI, Porepa L, Panju M, Thabane L, Graham ID, Haynes RB, Haughton D, Simek KD, Ko DT, Connolly SJ. Effect of Patient-Centered Transitional Care Services on Clinical Outcomes in Patients Hospitalized for Heart Failure: The PACT-HF Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2019 Feb 26;321(8):753-761. Abstract.

Van Spall HGC, Rahman T, Mytton O, Ramasundarahettige C, Ibrahim Q, Kabali C, Coppens M, Brian Haynes R, Connolly S. Comparative effectiveness of transitional care services in patients discharged from the hospital with heart failure: a systematic review and network meta-analysis. Eur J Heart Fail. 2017 Nov;19(11):1427-1443. Abstract.

Wadhera RK, Joynt Maddox KE, Wasfy JH, Haneuse S, Shen C, Yeh RW. Association of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program With Mortality Among Medicare Beneficiaries Hospitalized for Heart Failure, Acute Myocardial Infarction, and Pneumonia. JAMA. 2018 Dec 25;320(24):2542-2552. AbstractArticle.

Weerahandi H, Li L, Bao H, Herrin J, Dharmarajan K, Ross JS, Kim KL, Jones S, Horwitz LI. Risk of Readmission After Discharge From Skilled Nursing Facilities Following Heart Failure Hospitalization: A Retrospective Cohort Study. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2019 Apr;20(4):432-437. Abstract.

Whitaker-Brown CD, Woods SJ, Cornelius JB, Southard E, Gulati SK. Improving quality of life and decreasing readmissions in heart failure patients in a multidisciplinary transition-to-care clinic. Heart & Lung. 2017;46(2):79-84. doi:10.1016/j.hrtlng.2016.11.003. Abstract.

Wiggins BS, Rodgers JE, DiDomenico RJ, Cook AM, Page RL 2nd. Discharge Counseling for Patients with Heart Failure or Myocardial Infarction: A Best Practices Model Developed by Members of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy's Cardiology Practice and Research Network Based on the Hospital to Home (H2H) Initiative. Pharmacotherapy. 2013 May;33(5):558-80. doi: 10.1002/phar.1231. Abstract.

Yamaguchi T, Miyamoto T, Sekigawa M, Watanabe K, Hijikata S, Yamaguchi J, Iwai T, Sagawa Y, Miyazaki R, Masuda R, Miwa N, Hara N, Nagata Y, Obayashi T, Nozato T. Early Transfer of Patients with Acute Heart Failure from a Core Hospital to Collaborating Hospitals and Their Prognoses. Int Heart J. 2018 Sep 26;59(5):1026-1033. AbstractArticle.

Zhu W, Luo L, Jain T, Boxer RS, Cui L, Zhang GQ. DCDS: A Real-time Data Capture and Personalized Decision Support System for Heart Failure Patients in Skilled Nursing Facilities. AIMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2017 Feb;2015:2100-2109. Abstract. Article.