Read Two CONNECT-HF Publications

CONNECT-HF investigators have teamed up to write two new publications about improving heart failure care and outcomes.

The publications, Improving heart failure health: is there a secret Swedish sauce? and Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Heart Failure Care and Outcomes both look at different ways researchers are trying to help people with heart failure.

About Improving heart failure health: is there a secret Swedish sauce?

Improving heart failure health: is there a secret Swedish sauce? is an editorial comment authored by two CONNECT-HF investigators. It looks at the results of a registry study in Sweden to comment on whether the data was strong enough to claim that patients who took part in the study received better care for heart failure compared to patients who did not take part.

This commentary also looks at an American Study called Get with the Guidelines, to compare it with the Swedish study. The commentary concludes that the evidence published from the Swedish registry study is not enough to say whether it patients received better care by joining in. Finally, the commentary introduces readers to the CONNECT-HF trial and the idea of involving patients in study design. Read this editorial comment here.

About Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Heart Failure Care and Outcomes

Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Heart Failure Care and Outcomes looks at how we can use people’s everyday behaviors to help understand what leads to heart failure, and therefore understand how we can improve life for people with heart failure. This publication looks at why people behave the way they do. One example is the intent-behavior gap, where a patient with heart failure may intend to take their medications every day when they’re first diagnosed, but then find out that it’s harder than they thought and give up. The publication also looks at different ways to change these behaviors, such as signing goal contracts, financial rewards, social rewards, and more. Read this publication here.

Other CONNECT-HF news

In addition to these publications, there have been several news stories published on CONNECT-HF, including one on MobiHealth News and a video on MedScape.

As always, you can stay up to date with recent CONNECT-HF news here. Check back for more news in the future!