The value of investing in implementation activities: A case study in natriuretic peptide testing for diagnosing suspected heart failure (SMDM 15th Biennial European Meeting 8-10 June 2015)

In 2010 NICE released a clinical guideline recommending that natriuretic peptide (NP) testing in patients with
suspected heart failure without previous myocardial infarction can accelerate diagnosis of heart failure and also
avoid unnecessary echocardiography. A framework for the evaluation of the value of implementation activities is
applied to this recommendation for NP testing.