Grant Awarded to Improve Health of Patients with CHF
A two-year grant from the UR Medicine Quality Institute Dissemination and Implementation Grant Program for $100,000 will focus on reducing Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) readmissions through lifestyle medicine consults.
Valentin Guset, M.D., FACP, DipABLM, Medical Director of Quality for Department of Medicine is the primary investigator and Susan M. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., director of Lifestyle Medicine is a co-primary investigator.
Congestive Heart Failure is the most common cause of hospitalization in the US for people older than 65. Approximately one quarter of patients hospitalized with heart failure are readmitted within 30 days of discharge, and mortality rates in the year after discharge approach 30%.
“The specific aim of our project is to integrate Lifestyle Medicine into the care of patients with Congestive Heart Failure over two years and decrease readmission for patients who follow our recommendations,” said Dr. Friedman. “We will begin by identifying patients who are hospitalized with CHF and then inviting them to follow up within a week of being discharged, to address lifestyle issues that can help with reducing symptoms,” said Dr. Friedman. “We will continue to follow up with the patients. This is a true opportunity to integrate inpatient and outpatient lifestyle medicine services.”
For more information, contact Dr. Guset at Valentin_Guset@urmc.rochester.edu