The Heart Failure Policy Network (HFPN), for which HPP acts as secretariat, has launched a major report exploring gaps in heart failure policy and care, and outlining urgent actions needed to improve the lives of the millions of people living with heart failure in Europe.
The new project, Heart failure policy and practice in Europe, offers a comprehensive analysis of gaps and best practice in 11 European countries: Belgium, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain. It includes a pan-European report and 11 standalone country profiles, which aim to empower national advocates to bring the case for change to decision-makers. The report has been endorsed by more than 30 organisations across Europe, including professional bodies and patient advocacy groups.
Based on the literature and input from more than 50 heart failure experts across Europe, the report identifies many structural deficits in healthcare systems of serious concern. The issues include the lack of a dedicated strategy in many countries, a shortage of ongoing registries to allow assessment of performance in heart failure care, limited access to key specialist roles and settings or basic elements of best-practice care in community settings, and inadequate technology and IT infrastructure. These issues are more important than ever given the recent impact of COVID-19 on healthcare systems and people living with cardiovascular disease.