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Z Evid Fortbild Qual Gesundhwes. 2013;107(7):490-9. doi: 10.1016/j.zefq.2013.03.016. Epub 2013 Sep 17.

[Management of chronic heart failure - a systematic review of guidelines in the context of the DMP revision].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Institut für Sozialmedizin und Epidemiologie, Universitätsklinikum Schleswig Holstein, Campus Lübeck, Lübeck; Institut für Allgemeinmedizin, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg. Electronic address:



Disease Management Programmes (DMPs) are structured treatment programmes for chronic diseases. The DMP requirements are primarily derived from evidence-based guidelines. DMPs are regularly revised to ensure that they reflect current best practice and medical knowledge. The aim of this study was to assess the need for updating the German DMP module on heart failure by comparing it to relevant guidelines and identifying recommendations that should be revised.


We systematically searched for clinical guidelines on heart failure published in German, English or French, and extracted relevant guideline recommendations. All included guidelines were assessed for methodological quality. To identify revision needs in the DMP, we performed a synoptic analysis of the extracted guideline recommendations and DMP requirements.


27 guidelines were included. The extracted recommendations covered all aspects of the management of heart failure. The comparison of guideline recommendations with DMP requirements showed that, overall, guideline recommendations were more detailed than DMP requirements, and that the guidelines covered topics not included in the DMP module.


The DMP module is largely consistent with current guidelines on heart failure. We did not identify any need for significant revision of the DMP requirements. However, some specific recommendations of the DMP module could benefit from revision.

Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier GmbH.


Disease management programme; Disease-Management-Programm; Herzinsuffizienz; Leitlinien; chronic disease; chronische Erkrankungen; evidence-based medicine; evidenzbasierte Medizin; guidelines; heart failure

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