Improving the management of non-ST elevation acute coronary syndromes: systematic evaluation of a quality improvement programme European QUality Improvement Programme for Acute Coronary Syndrome: the EQUIP-ACS project protocol and design

Marcus D. Flather, Jean Booth, Daphne Babalis, Hector Bueno, Philippe G. Steg, Grzegorz Opolski, Filippo Ottani, Jacques Machecourt, Alfredo Bardaji, Mats Bojestig, Anthony R. Brady, Bertil Lindahl

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Abstract

Acute coronary syndromes, including myocardial infarction and unstable angina, are important causes of premature mortality, morbidity and hospital admissions. Acute coronary syndromes consume large amounts of health care resources, and have a major negative economic and social impact through days lost at work, support for disability, and coping with the psychological consequences of illness. Several registries have shown that evidence based treatments are under-utilised in this patient population, particularly in high-risk patients. There is evidence that systematic educational programmes can lead to improvement in the management of these patients. Since application of the results of important clinical trials and expert clinical guidelines into clinical practice leads to improved patient care and outcomes, we propose to test a quality improvement programme in a general group of hospitals in Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
JournalTrials
Volume11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
  • Adrenergic beta-Antagonists
  • Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme Inhibitors
  • Anticoagulants
  • Coronary Angiography
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Europe
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Health Care Costs
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
  • Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)
  • Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Quality Indicators, Health Care
  • Research Design
  • Risk Assessment
  • Risk Factors
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome

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