The Swedish national programme for quality control of secondary prevention of coronary artery disease - Results after one year
2004 (English)In: European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, ISSN 1741-8267, Vol. 11, no 1, 18-24 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Background: Guidelines for the prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD) have been developed both in Europe and in the USA. However, several surveys have shown that these guidelines are poorly implemented in clinical practice. Design/methods: The Swedish Quality Control Programme on Secondary Prevention of CAD includes patients after myocardial infarction, or having undergone coronary artery surgery or percutaneous coronary intervention. Fifty of Sweden's 79 hospital districts are currently participating. Patients are asked to send report-cards regarding risk factor management to a central registry after discharge from hospital, at a 3-6 month visit and then yearly for 5 years. Results: Results based on data from 1 year after the index event show that a majority of patients reach targets for serum cholesterol (70%), and low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol (71%). Mean value for total cholesterol is 4.6 (± SD 0.9) mmol/l, LDL-cholesterol 2.7 (± SD 0.8) mmol/l. Blood pressure targets are less often achieved, with 58% reaching the European Society of Cardiology target for systolic (< 140 mmHg) and 81% for diastolic (< 90 mmHg) blood pressure. A large proportion of patients are prescribed preventive drugs: aspirin (96%), beta-blockers (78%) and lipid-lowering drugs (83%). Conclusions: The Swedish Quality Control Programme is one of the first attempts to assess implementation of guidelines on a national level based on patient participation. It is hoped that shared care programmes and increased patient involvement with feedback on achieved treatment goals in relation to guidelines will improve outcomes in patients with CAD. © 2004 The European Society of Cardiology.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 11, no 1, 18-24 p.
Coronary artery disease, Guidelines, Quality control, Secondary prevention
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45830DOI: 10.1097/01.hjr.0000116981.98984.6bOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45830DiVA: diva2:266726