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Can J Cardiol. 2012 Sep-Oct;28(5):599-601. doi: 10.1016/j.cjca.2012.01.024. Epub 2012 May 1.

Pan-Canadian cardiovascular data definitions and quality indicators: a status update.

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  • 1Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


After the 2009 publication of Building a Heart Healthy Canada, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society was commissioned to address a long-standing information gap related to the compatibility and comparability of data on the quality of cardiovascular care in Canada. Through collaboration between the Canadian Institute for Health Information, the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and 5 regional cardiovascular registries, 2 committees were tasked with developing standardized cardiovascular data definitions and quality indicators. The work culminated in national consensus on the definitions of 55 patient, disease, and therapeutic variables (core and optional) to facilitate cardiovascular care comparisons within and across Canada. Supplemental data definition chapters were then developed on acute coronary syndrome and coronary angiography/revascularization, with chapters on heart failure and atrial fibrillation electrophysiology to follow. This foundational work led to a critical appraisal of cardiac quality indicator development initiatives via the Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation II (AGREE II) Quality Indicator tool, followed by the development of quality indicator catalogues on heart failure and atrial fibrillation. These indicators will be embedded within the clinical practice guidelines of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, facilitating national comparisons across Canada on cardiovascular disease incidence, prevalence, patterns and quality of care, and clinical outcomes. This methodology-achieving national stakeholder consensus on a standardized process for the development and selection of cardiovascular quality indicators-illustrates the capacity to reach agreement by drawing on expertise and research across diverse organizational mandates and agendas, potentially contributing to improved cardiovascular care and outcomes for patients.

Copyright © 2012 Canadian Cardiovascular Society. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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