A Home Hospitalisation Strategy for Patients with an Acute Episode of Heart Failure Using a Digital Health-Supported Platform: A Multicentre Feasibility Study - A Rationale and Study Design

Martijn Scherrenberg, Valerie Storms, Astrid E van der Velde, Josiane Boyne, Wendy Bruins, Julie Vranken, Jobbe P L Leenen, Hans-Peter Brunner-La Rocca, Ed P De Kluiver, Paul Dendale*

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BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is a common cause of hospitalisation and mortality in elderly. The frequent rehospitalisations put a serious burden on patients, health-care budgets, and health-care capacity. Frequent hospital admissions are also associated with a substantial additional hazard for serious complications and reduced quality of life. The NWE-Chance project will explore the feasibility and scalability of providing home hospitalisation supported by a newly developed digital health-supported platform and daily visits of specialised nurses.

METHODS/DESIGN: Hundred patients with chronic HF will be recruited over a 1-year period. The digital health-supported home hospitalisation strategy will be tested in 3 hospitals with different experience in delivering home hospitalisation: Isala Zwolle, Maastricht UMC+, both in The Netherlands, and Jessa Hospital, Hasselt in Belgium. The home hospitalisation intervention will have a maximal duration of 14 days. Feasibility will be measured with acceptability, satisfaction, and usability questionnaires for patients, nurses, and physicians. Furthermore, safety and costs will be assessed for 30 days after the start of the home hospitalisation intervention.

DISCUSSION: The NWE-Chance project will be one of the first studies to examine the feasibility of a digital health-supported home hospitalisation platform for HF patients. It has the potential to augment current standard HF care and quality of life of HF patients and to innovate the standard HF care to potentially lower the hospitalisation-related complications, the burden of HF on health-care systems, and to potentially implement more patient-centred care strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)793-800
Number of pages8
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Aged
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Heart Failure/therapy
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life
  • Research Design
  • Heart failure
  • RISK
  • Hospital at home
  • Telemedicine
  • Acute heart failure
  • Digital health
  • LIFE

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