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Chin Med J (Engl). 2013 Jul;126(14):2625-31.

Performance measures for management of chronic heart failure patients with acute coronary syndrome in China: results from the Bridging the Gap on Coronary Heart Disease Secondary Prevention in China (BRIG) Project.

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Beijing Institute of Heart, Lung and Blood Vessel Diseases, Beijing, China.



Chronic heart failure (CHF) is a severe clinical syndrome associated with high morbidity and mortality, and with high health care expenditures. No nationwide data are currently available regarding the quality of clinical management of CHF patients in China. The aim of this study was to assess the quality of care of CHF inpatients in China.


The American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Clinical Performance Measures for Adults with Chronic Heart Failure (Inpatient Measurement Set) with slight modifications was used to measure the performance status in 612 CHF patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) from 65 hospitals across all regions of China.


The implementation rates of guideline recommended strategies for CHF management were low. Only 57.5% of the CHF patients received complete discharge instructions, 53.6% of the patients received evaluation of left ventricular systolic function, 62.8% received an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor/angiotensin receptor blocker at discharge, and 52.7% received a β-blocker at discharge, 56.3% of the smokers received smoking cessation counseling. The rate of warfarin utilization was only 9.7% in CHF patients with atrial fibrillation. Most patients (81.4%) did not receive all the first four treatments. There were marked differences in the quality of CHF management among patients with different characteristics.


Performance measures provide a standardized method of assessing quality of care, and can thus highlight problems in disease management in clinical practice. The quality of care for CHF patients with ACS in China needs to be improved.

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