Tiny Jaarsma is Associate Professor at the Department of Cardiology of the University Medical Centre in Groningen, The Netherlands. She is currently the co-principal investigator and programme leader of the multicenter (17 centers) Coordinating study to evaluate the effects Of Advising and Counselling in patients with advanced Heart failure (COACH study). Dr Jaarsma is nurse Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and served as Chair of the European Working Group on Cardiovascular Nursing from 1998 to 2000. She was a member of the Task Force for the Guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Heart Failure of the European Society of Cardiology. Dr Jaarsma is the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.