Home-HF: Evaluation of Patients With Heart Failure Using Home Telemonitoring
Recruitment status was Active, not recruiting
This project, using home monitoring for the signs and symptoms of heart failure, aims to empower patients to be actively involved in their care and provide rapid access to healthcare services and advice when needed. The telemonitoring system is easy to use and ensures the accurate transfer of information from the home to the hospital. The information is then screened and if important changes are seen, the patient will be contacted by a heart failure nurse who will offer advice and may arrange a clinic visit or suggest alterations to the medication. The project uses modern technology to provide disease management, links the patient in their home with the hospital and reinforces education and self-care behaviour. This innovative programme will be tested to see if it reduces the risk of re-admission to hospital, reduces anxiety, improves quality of life following a hospital admission for heart failure and whether this represents good value for money in terms of the health benefits it provides.
Patients using home telemonitoring of signs and symptoms of heart failure following discharge from hospital with chronic heart failure have a reduced risk of all-cause re-hospitalisation when compared with usual care.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Home-HF: a Randomised Controlled Evaluation of Home Telemonitoring of Patients With Heart Failure Recently Discharged From Hospital.|
- Number and duration of all-cause hospitalisations [ Time Frame: Follow-up to to January 2008 ]
- Cost-effectiveness of home telemonitoring relative to usual care [ Time Frame: Follow-up to to January 2008 ]
- Anxiety and depression as measured by the Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD) questionnaire [ Time Frame: Follow-up to to January 2008 ]
- Health related quality of life (QoL) as measured by the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure (MLWHF) tool and the Euroqol (EQ-5D) [ Time Frame: Follow-up to to January 2008 ]
- Readmission for Heart Failure [ Time Frame: Follow-up to to January 2008 ]
- Drug optimisation as measured by medication prescription [ Time Frame: Follow-up to to January 2008 ]
- Drug utilisation as measured by self-report [ Time Frame: Follow-up to to January 2008 ]
|Study Start Date:||May 2006|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||December 2007|
Device: HomMed Telemonitoring System
This project, using home monitoring for the signs and symptoms of heart failure, aims to empower patients to be actively involved in their care and provide rapid access to healthcare services and advice when needed. This innovative programme will be tested to see if it reduces the risk of re−admission to hospital. In addition economic evaluation will assess whether this represents good value for money in terms of the health benefits it provides.
After fulfilling the inclusion criteria and being consented into the study, the patients will be randomised into either the control or intervention group in a 1:1 ratio.
Prior to hospital discharge the patient and carer/family will be shown how to use the HomMed Telemonitoring equipment. Within two working days of discharge the equipment will be installed in their home by the study nurse who will remind them of its use. They will be provided with a written management plan and advice regarding self−monitoring.They will be asked to monitor signs and symptoms of their disease daily using the HomMed telemonitoring system connected to their home phone line.
The data will be reviewed every working day by a study nurse and examined for variance from the agreed parameters. If clinically significant changes are noted a standard protocol will be used to guide the management.
Within two working days of discharge the study nurse will visit patients in the control group and provide them with a written management plan and advice regarding self−monitoring. They will receive usual care for that centre which will consist of a recommendation to visit their GP on hospital discharge and a subsequent review in the outpatient clinic. Informal support offered through the hospital heart failure nurse will continue and this contact will be recorded.
Within both groups the Hospital Anxiety and Depression (HAD) questionnaire, the Minnesota Living with Heart Failure(MLWHF) tool and the Euroqol (EQ−5D) questionnaire will be completed at randomisation, and again at 3 and 6 months following hospital discharge. They will be asked to return completed questionnaires in a pre−paid envelope.
Data on patients' use of healthcare services will be collected from both groups using a combination of retrospective questionnaires and prospective health diaries, which will be returned at 3 and 6 months after randomisation.
Drug optimisation will be assessed through review of medication prescription, and drug utilisation through patient self−report.These data will also be collected at 3 and 6 months.
Patients within both groups will be involved in the study for a period of 6 months.
|West Middlesex University Hospital|
|Greater London, Middlesex, United Kingdom, TW7 6AF|
|London, United Kingdom, UB1 3HW|
|Uxbridge, United Kingdom, UB8 3NN|
|Principal Investigator:||Martin R Cowie, MD MSc FRCP||Imperial College London & Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Trust|