Patient-Centered Tools to Improve Life with Heart Disease

Development of a personalized and interactive web-based care innovation to enhance the quality of life and care of patients with heart disease implanted with an ICD


The incidence of heart failure is rising, with more than 26 million affected annually in Europe and the United States. Heart failure is a complex, chronic condition, with many of these patients being implanted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to prevent sudden cardiac death. The disorder causes disability, depression, and reduced quality of life, and the risk of hospitalisation and mortality is high.



Starting point and goal 

The overall aim of the project is to develop and evaluate the clinical and economic impact of a web-based, interactive care innovation that allows patients to routinely monitor their health status and symptoms of anxiety and depression and detect deterioration at an early stage. Via the platform patients will be able to engage in a dialogue with health care professionals, enabling action plans to be set up that are supported with hands-on advice and tools provided via the platform or app geared to life with a chronic disease and a device. Patients will also have the possibility of engaging with other patients via the platform.


Patient@home will especially be involved in designing, building and supporting the web-based, interactive platform, and be involved in the research team.


The project will make use of mixed-methods, including focus groups and multi-disciplinary expert panels that will also include the end users, to develop and implement the platform. The effectiveness of the platform will ultimately be tested using a randomized controlled trial design.


Expected results

We expect that the care innovation will enhance patients' health status and quality of life, increase their satisfaction with treatment, reduce hospitalizations, facilitate communication between patients and the health care professionals about patients' treatment in a shared-decision making process, and overall enable patients to live a better life with their disease and their device.


The project is funded with a grant from TrygFonden and the Lundbeck Foundation, and a seeding grant from patient@home.


Read more HERE.

Contact PersonSusanne 
                Schmidt Pedersen

Susanne  Schmidt Pedersen

Professor of Cardiac Psychology

Syddansk Universitet, Institut for Psykologi

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Syddansk Universitet, Institut for Psykologi

Susanne  Schmidt Pedersen

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Syddansk Universitet, Center for Anvendt Sundhedstjenesteforskning og Teknologivurdering

Jan  Sørensen



Nordsjællands Hospital

Morten  Schou

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Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute

John  Spertus

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Odense Universitetshospital - Hjertemedicinsk Afdeling

Jens Brock  Johansen

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Syddansk Universitet, Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Instituttet

Uffe  Kock Wiil

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UMKC School of Medicine - Biomedical & Health Informatics

Kim G.  Smolderen

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Odense Universitetshospital

Claus  Duedal Pedersen

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Aarhus Universitetshospital - Hjertemedicinsk afdeling

Jens Cosedis  Nielsen

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Aalborg Universitetshospital - Kardiologisk Afdeling

Sam  Riahi



Syddansk Universitet, Forskningsenheden for Almen Praksis

Carl  Brandt

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Liva Healthcare ApS

Kristoffer  From



Odense Patient data Explorative Network

Lars  Søgaard

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Syddansk Universitet - Forskningsenheden for Brugerperspektiver

Helle  Johannessen

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Region Sjælland, Kvalitet og Udvikling - Sund

Anne Dalhof  Pedersen