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DMP module on heart failure: Current guidelines indicate some need for revision
Date:8/1/2012

erning the DMP requirements were found. The Director of IQWiG, Professor Dr med. Jrgen Windeler, stresses that "patients with heart failure can thus be sure that the current DMP is consistent with the current status of medical knowledge on all main points."

Diabetes and sleep apnoea not considered so far

However, in these guidelines, additional recommendations were found on several subject areas which, after examination and discussion, could be supplemented or described in more detail in the DMP module.

The aspects so far missing in the DMP module but mentioned in several guidelines with a high grade of recommendation include the use of pacemakers and cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) in patients with atrial fibrillation, as well as electrical cardioversion, flu vaccination, sexual counselling, and care of older patients. In addition, guidelines recommend the treatment of accompanying diseases such as diabetes mellitus and sleep apnoea in patients with heart failure. Topics already considered in the DMP module, but described in more detail in current guidelines include the treatment of patients with hypertension, for whom the guidelines contain additional recommendations.

Procedure of report production

IQWiG published the preliminary results in the form of the preliminary report in March 2011 and interested parties were invited to submit comments. When the commenting procedure ended, the preliminary report was revised and sent as a final report to the contracting agency, the Federal Joint Committee, in December 2011. The written comments are published in a separate document at the same time as the final report. The report was produced in collaboration with external experts.


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