REACH-HF

About REACH-HF

We have developed a new, evidence-informed, self-help manual (the “REACH-HF Manual”) for people with heart failure and caregivers to help them manage their condition using the principles of cardiac rehabilitation. The manual is designed to be used with the support of a specially trained cardiac nurse or ‘facilitator’.

We have evaluated the clinical effectiveness, cost effectiveness and acceptability of the manual for people with heart failure and their caregivers.

Our research team benefited from the involvement of 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 uniquely 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) has been and continues to be a key collaborator.

REACH-HF started as an independent research programme funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Programme Grants for Applied Research scheme (Reference Number RP-PG-1210-12004), and built upon work previously conducted by the research team during an NIHR Programme Development Grant award (Reference Number RP-DG-0709-10111). The views expressed are those of the research team and not necessarily those of the NHS, the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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Are you a trained REACH-HF facilitator? Interested in rolling out the digital version of the REACH-HF manual in your area?

If you are a trained REACH-HF cardiac rehabilitation healthcare professional and you’re interested in rolling out the digital version of the REACH-HF manual to patients with heart failure in your area, please get in touch with us:  reach-hf@exeter.ac.uk  We can’t wait to launch this new platform to improve accessibility of cardiac rehab –  we look […]

We are recruiting participants to review our new digital REACH-HF programme!

Are you a cardiac rehabilitation healthcare professional, heart failure patient or caregiver? Interested in helping develop a digital cardiac rehab program for patients with heart failure & caregivers? The REACH-HF team are recruiting participants to provide feedback on our digital platform. Please contact r.cross2@exeter.ac.uk if you’re interested! We look forward to hearing from you soon. […]

£2.4 million awarded by NIHR HTA to fund new REACH-HFpEF trial

The Universities of Dundee, Glasgow, Exeter, Birmingham, Cambridge and York have received £2.4 million to lead a clinical trial of a home-based cardiac rehabilitation programme for people with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and their caregivers. The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment Programme funding will allow them to undertake a […]

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