Guidance of heart failure management programs by risk assessment Grant uri icon


  • This is a partnership between UTAS as represented by the Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, Tasmania Medicare Local, Tasmanian Health Organisation (South) and the National Heart Foundation of Australia. The aims are to reduce Heart Failure (HF) admissions and costs in Tasmania by i) Using data linkage to identify locations where community service delivery should be targeted, and to evaluate current performance in HF readmission across the State; ii) Developing a risk algorithm for HF readmission, including psychosocial determinants; iii) Using i) and ii) to devise a novel means of providing a disease management program (DMP), titrated to risk assessment, with physiologic assessment used to guide the management of the highest risk patients. A clinical trial will be developed to define the merits of this approach. iv) An evaluation of cost-effectiveness of this intervention. v) Presentation of educational activities with community-based providers. A successful intervention is likely to be sustainable. As HF  re-admissions in Tasmania cost 4550 bed days/y, the investment in this grant ($1/2m/y) could be reproduced by a 50% reduction of re-admissions

Grant ID

  • 1059738