The value of investing implementation activities: A case study in natriuretic peptide testing for diagnosing suspected heart failure (2014)

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.