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URGENT. SC1-BHC-24-2020: hospitals and ethical experts are sought for the design and validation of a novel integrated programme that aims to reduce the readmission levels in cardiology

Country of Origin: Spain
Reference Number: RDES20190718001
Publication Date: 8 August 2019


A Spanish public hospital is looking for partners to submit a proposal to the call SC1-BHC-24-2020: Healthcare interventions for the management of the elderly multimorbid patient. Public hospitals in the field of cardiology, geriatrics or internal medicine, and ethical experts are sought for developing personalised medicine solutions for the elderly within research cooperation agreements. In particular, a specific programme (intervention, self-management and physical therapy) will be implemented


Cardiac failure (CF) is the most prevalent cardiovascular disease (CVD) at an international level: its prevalence is progressively growing due to the ageing population, the risks factors associations (high blood pressure, diabetes mellitus or obesity among others), social co-determinants of health and the increasing survival rates in patients with CF due to the efficacy of the evidence-based rehabilitation pathways in place.  Rehabilitation programmes and care pathways have demonstrated their efficacy for reducing the functional disability, the hospitalisations and for enhancing the quality of life of complex chronic patients. This project aims at design, implement and evaluate new care pathways for complex chronic patients with CF, merging together a novel intervention programme that has been recently validated, specific health literacy on CF and the validated CDSMP (Chronic Diseases Self-Management Programme) for improving the self-management competencies in complex elderly patients. 

The current consortium consists of hospitals and a university that will develop the evaluation framework. The project will be submitted to the call “SC1-BHC-24-2020: Healthcare interventions for the management of the elderly multimorbid patient” (maximum budget ranges between 4 and 6 M€).

The project has duration of 200 weeks approximately. Deadlines for the call and expressions of interest are 24th September 2019 and 6th September 2019, respectively.

Advantages and Innovations

Novel pathways for healthcare will be designed based on clinical complexity, frailty and functional dependency. The pilot will be implemented in collaboration with Primary Care, the Cardiology/Internal Medicine Department and the Rehabilitation Service of the hospitals that participate in the proposal.

Stage Of Development

Proposal under development

Stage Of Development Comment

This project aims to develop and validate a novel integrated programme that aims to reduce the readmission levels in cardiology; the proposal is currently under development.

Requested partner

•	Public hospitals that would like to collaborate in the design and the implementation of a programme that will be based on a specific intervention designed for elderly multimorbid patients affected by CF, and/or a physical therapy and a self-management programme (CDSMP): 
• Ethical experts in General Data Protection Regulation (GDPL)

Cooperation offer is closed for requests