Challenges and opportunities in quantifying the quality of care for acute myocardial infarction: Summary from the acute myocardial infarction working group of the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology First Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke

John A. Spertus, Martha J. Radford, Nathan R. Every, Edward F. Ellerbeck, Eric D. Peterson, Harlan M. Krumholz

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Abstract

Quality performance measurement and improvement have been in place for AMI for several years, particularly within the process-of-care domain. Through the use and analysis of these measures, physicians, hospitals, oversight agencies, researchers, and consumers have learned about how quality care can be measured, about variability in care, and about the effectiveness of current practice patterns. Most importantly, quality performance measurement for AMI has provided a focus and direction for those devoted to improving care. Despite evidence of early success from these efforts, there remains substantial additional work yet to do. The Working Group believes that if the true potential for American health care is to be realized, substantial national funding and support for strengthening the scientific foundation of quality measurement and improvement are needed for our country to effectively translate the accumulating evidence of medicine into routine clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1681-1691
Number of pages11
JournalCirculation
Volume107
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • AHA/ACC Conference Proceedings
  • Diagnosis
  • Myocardial infarction, acute
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)

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