REACH-HF: Development and evaluation of a community-based self-care intervention for people with heart failure

Overview of REACH-HF

The REACH-HF research team is led by Dr Hayes Dalal from the Royal Cornwall Hospital and Professor Rod Taylor from the University of Exeter Medical School. They will develop a new self-help manual for people with heart failure and their caregivers that may help them to manage the condition using the principles of cardiac rehabilitation. This heart failure manual will be used with the support of a specially trained cardiac nurse.

The team will evaluate the clinical effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and acceptability of the manual for people with heart failure and their caregivers.

The research team uniquely brings together the investigators who led and published the five major trials of cardiac rehabilitation in the UK. The team has expertise in methodology (medical statistics; health economics; qualitative research; psychology; health behaviour change; evidence synthesis and modelling) and clinical practice (cardiology; primary care; cardiac rehabilitation; nursing and physiotherapy) and intimately involves service users. The Heart Manual Service, NHS Lothian (with extensive experience in delivery and implementation of the Heart Manual for people after myocardial infarction or revascularisation) is a key collaborator.

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