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Telemonitoring in Patients With Heart Failure (TEHAF2)

This study has been completed.
Maastricht University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Josiane Boyne, Maastricht University Medical Center Identifier:
First received: July 16, 2007
Last updated: April 7, 2015
Last verified: April 2015
The purpose of this study is to investigate if telemonitoring results in a decrease in hospital admissions, with equal quality of care defined as mortality, quality of life and unplanned visits with caregivers. Telemonitoring is expected to be more cost-effective than usual care in patients with heart failure.

Condition Intervention
Heart Failure, Congestive
Device: Health Buddy system
Device: Telemonitoring in patients with heart failure

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Telemonitoring in Patients With Heart Failure

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Further study details as provided by Maastricht University Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To what extent does the use of Health Buddy result in a decrease in hospital admissions? [ Time Frame: one year ]
  • To what extent is Health Buddy® more cost-effective than usual care? [ Time Frame: one year ]
  • To what extent will the amount of planned contacts decrease without an increase of unplanned contacts? [ Time Frame: one year ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • What is the effect of Health Buddy® in patients with heart failure in regard to drug consumption and therapy compliance and level of knowledge, and quality of life? [ Time Frame: one year ]
  • To what extent is it - based on patients' characteristics - possible to identify patient with benefits? [ Time Frame: one year ]

Enrollment: 382
Study Start Date: October 2007
Study Completion Date: December 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: telemonitoring
Health Buddy in patients home situation
Device: Health Buddy system
Patients are followed on distance by the Health Buddy system.
Other Names:
  • TEHAF study
  • Therapy compliance in patients with heart failure
  • Cost effectiveness
Experimental: usual care
patients receive care as usual
Device: Telemonitoring in patients with heart failure
Health Buddy in patients home situation.
Other Name: TEHAf study


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients > 18 years
  • Patients with heart failure NYHA classification II-III-IV
  • Patient experienced a period of fluid retention
  • Patient is treated by a cardiologist
  • Patient is followed-up by a heart failure nurse
  • Adequate knowledge of the Dutch language
  • Patient has an active telephone connection, preferably analogue
  • Patient is mental competent
  • Patient has the disposal of a balance

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients suffering from COPD, Gold classification 3 or 4
  • Patient is a dialysis patient
  • Patient has a visual restriction to read the dialogues on the Health Buddy
  • Patient is hard of hearing or deaf
  • Patient suffers from a lethal sickness with a prognosis < 1 year
  • Patient participates in another trial
  • Patient needs a hospital admission on short time, i.e., < 3 months
  • Patient used the Health Buddy in an earlier stage
  • Patient is an illiterate person.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00502255

Atrium Medische Centrum
Heerlen, Limburg, Netherlands
Maastricht University Hospital
Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands, 6202 AZ
Orbis Medische en Zorgconcern
Sittard, Limburg, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Maastricht University Medical Center
Maastricht University
Study Chair: Hubertus J Vrijhoef, Dr University Maastricht
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Josiane Boyne, RN,MA, Maastricht University Medical Center Identifier: NCT00502255     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 072036
Study First Received: July 16, 2007
Last Updated: April 7, 2015

Keywords provided by Maastricht University Medical Center:
Heart failure
Case management

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Heart Failure
Heart Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases processed this record on April 28, 2017