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Self-care management intervention in heart failure

Session Poster Session 4

Speaker Sofia Gerward

Event : Heart Failure 2019

  • Topic : heart failure
  • Sub-topic : Chronic Heart Failure: Multidisciplinary Interventions
  • Session type : Poster Session

Authors : SG Sofia Gerward (Lund,SE), DS Daniel Sahlin (Lund,SE)

SG Sofia Gerward1 , DS Daniel Sahlin1 , 1Skane University Hospital - Lund - Sweden ,



In elderly heart failure (HF) patients there is little experience regarding evaluation of digital self-care management interventions. Previous digital interventions studies in HF has a mean age of 62-65 years.


Evaluate a novel home-based self-care intervention in an elderly HF population.


HF patients were enrolled at five general practitioners and two hospitals and randomized 1:1 to intervention (IG) or control group (CG). The intervention group received a tablet computer with education and symptom monitoring, wirelessly connected to a weight scale and incorporating a titration module for loop-diuretics. Baseline data was collected at randomization and the number of days lost to HF-hospitalizations was analysed using negative binomial regression. Patients will be followed up after eight months, and this is an interim analysis of data after three months.


One hundred patients were randomized to IG, n=50 and CG, n=50. The groups were well balanced at randomization, except for a higher diastolic blood pressure in the CG. The mean age was 79±9, 59 % were male. Five percent were NYHA-class I, 64 % NYHA-class II and 31 % NYHA-class III. There were no significant differences in terms of pharmacological treatment, self-care behaviour or quality of life. A total of 88 HF-related in-hospital days were registered (61 days in the CG group and 27 in the IG). The unadjusted risk ratio between IG and CG was 0.44 (CI: 0.24-0.81) for HF-related in-hospital days. The log rank test for time to event was significant with p-value 0.046. There was no group difference in number of admissions.


This interim analysis indicates a significant reduction of in-hospital days due to HF by 56 % in this elderly HF population.

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