Case management for patients with heart fialure: a quality improvement intervention

J Gerontol Nurs. 2005 May;31(5):20-8. doi: 10.3928/0098-9134-20050501-06.


At-home case management is one strategy for improving quality of care for elderly patients with heart failure. Essential components of an effective heart failure case management intervention include frequent patient contact with the case manager and vigilant at-home monitoring of symptoms with responsive modifications to the treatment plan. It is just as important that the health care system (e.g., the acute care institution) is committed to assuring administrative support, financial backing, and dedicating clinical expert resources to achieve clinical quality improvements. In this article, the design, implementation, and outcomes of an at-home heart failure case management program are described, and challenges faced in implementing and sustaining the program are outlined.

MeSH terms

  • Case Management / organization & administration*
  • Heart Failure / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / methods
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / methods*