Patient Navigators for Transition Care of Heart Failure: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Shu Fen Hsu, Szu Ying Lee, Teh Fu Hsu, Jiun Yi Li, Heng Hsin Tung*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aims of the systematic review and meta-analysis were to explore the health outcomes and participation in cardiac rehabilitation of patient navigators for the heart failure during the transition period. PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and Chinese Electronic Periodical Services were searched up to September 2020, and the reference lists of relevant articles were also checked. We included randomized controlled trials and cohort studies to evaluate the effectiveness of a heart failure patient navigator program compared to usual care. Two reviewers reviewed the literature independently for eligibility, methodological quality, and extracted outcome data for the meta-analysis. Seven articles were recruited for eligibility after screening, including six randomized controlled trials and one cohort study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-82
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Gerontology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2022


  • cardiac rehabilitation
  • heart failure
  • hospital readmission
  • patient navigators
  • transition care period


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